Did you know that only 1% of the Earth's water is available for human consumption? Water is a limited resource. The United Nations has predicted that within two decades the worldwide demand for water will be 17% higher than the quantity available for human consumption. In addition, demand for water will continue to grow due to factors such as expanding population, increased agricultural needs, industrial use of water, and water needed for electricity production.
Our current relationship with water is one of overuse. The average American is responsible for using 158 gallons of water per day and a typical office building uses up to 15,000 gallons per day. That’s the equivalent to filling up an Olympic sized swimming pool every month! We all need to do our part, as each of us uses water for drinking, irrigating landscapes, sanitation, domestic purposes, and recreational purposes.
Water conservation is any action that results in a reduction of water loss, water use, or water waste as well as the preservation of water quality. Conservation can be implemented through the use of water-efficient appliances and fixtures as well as through changing water-use behaviors.
Benefits of Water Conservation
Water conservation is good for the environment, the community, and the bottom line. Implementing water-conservation program can result in:
- Lower water costs resulting from reduced consumption.
- Lower sewer costs resulting from less water
- Reduced energy consumption resulting from less water being pumped, processed, and heated
- Increased amount of fresh water available for human consumption.
- Environmental benefits including increased water being available to streams and ecosystems.