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  1. 12/6/2017 Add “Reduce Your Water Use” to Your New Year’s Resolution List for 2018
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    It can be easy to take clean water for granted: most of us don’t have to think twice about turning on the tap to wash our hands, water the plants, or whip up some pasta. In fact, the U.S. has the largest water footprint of any country in the world, at an average of 80 gallons of water per person per day. But it’s not easy to get all that water to where it needs to be, and it takes a huge investment of resources to collect, treat, and transport the water you use every day. So for our 2016 New Year’s resolution, we want you to preserve the earth’s resources by reducing the amount of water you use.

    The best place to start conserving water is in the bathroom. Toilets and showers together account for almost half of the water used in most homes and are also easy to make more efficient. You can install a toilet dam to lessen the amount of water used per flush and put in low flow showerheads to reduce water use in the shower. Low flow faucets can also be installed in the bathroom and on other household sinks as well.

    One of the easiest ways to reduce water use in every room of the house is just to turn off the tap. When you’re brushing your teeth, soaping your hands, or doing dishes, try never to leave the water running when you’re not using it.

    A lot of the water that goes into your home isn’t actually used at all – leaks from pipes and appliances account for 13% of all home water consumption. To cut back on wasted water in your home, check to make sure that none of your sink faucets or pipes are dripping. Also remember to fix any leaks in appliance hook-ups and outdoor hoses.

    The yard is another great place to reduce water use. If you have sprinklers, be sure to use them efficiently: aim them away from nonabsorbent surfaces like sidewalks and driveways, install sensors so your lawn only gets water when its needed, and avoid evaporative lose by not running them when the sun is out. Mother Nature can also lend a hand – turn off sprinklers if there is rain in the forecast - you can always turn them back on if you did not get enough moisture to keep your lawn healthy.

    Whether you’re making big changes around the house or just tightening leaky fixtures, there are lots of easy ways for you conserve water and in turn reduce your impact on the environment.