Use Water Wisely4.4.14
April is water conservation month! We all have room for improvement when it comes to water use. Whether it's fixing a broken leak, replacing old faucets with more efficient ones, or spreading rich compost in our flowerbeds, we can all take simple steps to cut back our use of this precious resource.
In the United States, the bathroom is the largest consumer of indoor water. Almost every activity or daily routine that happens in the home bathroom uses a large quantity of water. For example, the toilet alone can use 27 percent of household water, according to the U.S. EPA. Look for WaterSense labeled toilets, which require 75 to 80 percent less water than a typical toilet. Visit the WaterSense website to learn about WaterSense products, explore rebates and find water-conservation tips.
In the Southwest, water conservation is an increasingly important issue. In Arizona, the "Water – Use It Wisely" campaign is an award-winning tool that helps homeowners, businesses, municipalities and educators tackle water conservation. Visit the website to find 100 illustrated tips for saving water. You can also visit their YouTube channel to find instructional videos.
And if you're in Oregon, check out "Oregon's Story," where you can learn about the sources of Oregon water, learn about state water law, and discover the many ways that Oregon depends on a stable water supply.