Did You Know?
- There is about the same amount of water on Earth now as there was millions of years ago.
- Nearly 97 percent of all the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2 percent is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves 1 percent for all our needs.
- Water regulates the Earth's temperature. It also helps regulate the temperature of the human body!
- The average total home water use for each person in the U.S. is about 50 gallons a day.
- More water is used in the bathroom than any other place in the home.
- A dripping faucet can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water a year.
You Can Help Conserve Our Water Resources
At school and at home, you can help protect our water resources.
- Turn off the tap in your bathroom while you brush your teeth.
- Take shorter showers. (Get a timer and time yourself.)
- Don't let the water run constantly while you're washing or rinsing dishes.
- Fill a pitcher with tap water and put it in the fridge, rather than running the tap every time you want a cold drink!
- Clean sidewalks and driveways with a broom--not the water hose!
- Water your lawn in the early morning to avoid evaporation.
- Repair dripping faucets.
- Place a layer of mulch around trees and plants to retain water.