Chicagoans love Lake Michigan–fresh water for drinking, swimming, and washing dishes. It provides Chicagoland with water for 42 million people. We are tempted to take our water resource for granted but let’s not forget that 25% of the world’s population has no access to potable water. As Chicagoans it is our job to prevent an outcome similar to what happened in the Aral Sea or what is occurring to the Colorado River. So, here are simple water conservation tips for you to keep in mind while indoors this winter season:
- Turn the water off when brushing your teeth or shaving
- Use a dishwasher; it uses less water than washing dishes by hand
- Run your washing machine or dishwasher ONLY when full
- Install a water saving (low-flow) shower head. Purchase one online, here: Shower heads
- Fix leaky toilets. Sometimes leaks are unoticeable. To test for leaks, put food coloring in the toilet tank. If it seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak.
- Fix leaky faucets. Keep in mind:
- 60 drops per minute = 192 gallons of wasted water per month
- 90 drops per minute = 310 gallons of wasted water per month
Remember, the road to protecting our future and becoming a more environmentally conscience individual starts with baby steps. Thank you for reading!
Content Creator: C3 Trainee Tom from www.letUbeU.com