In fact, water is all around us—it covers about 71% of the earth’s surface. So if we have all of earth’s water at our disposal, why should we work to conserve it?
Reasons for conserving water
- To support daily tasks like drinking, bathing, washing, cooking or growing food
- To prepare for future droughts
- To guard against rising costs
- To save energy and reduce our carbon footprint
- To protect the ecosystem, wildlife and environment
- To make water available for recreational purposes
- To strengthen communities
The clean, fresh water that we use and need to live is a limited resource. Even though a great percentage of earth’s surface is water, 97.5% of this is saltwater which is unsuitable for humans and many ecosystems. Of the 2.5% of earth’s fresh water, only 0.3% is readily available as surface water. The rest of earth’s fresh water is either frozen as snow and ice, or below ground as ground water. Accessible fresh water is hard to come by!
Tips for conserving water
Water conservation means to use our water resources wisely and to care for them properly. Try these tips to use water more efficiently and even save money on your water bill:
- Spend only five minutes in the shower.
- Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Water your lawn only 1 to 2 days a week.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
- Fix household leaks promptly.
- Turn off the water while shaving or brushing teeth.
- Water plants during cooler parts of the day, like the early mornings.
- Cover swimming pools to reduce evaporation.
- Buy water-saving devices, like high-efficiency toilets or shower timers.
- Recycle water where you can.
The Valley of the Sun YMCA thanks you and encourages you to be water wise!