I received this from an Associate of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Agnes in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. You might enjoy the water tips and have a little fun with the survey! Be honest!
Why Conserve Water?
The average American household uses 400 gallons of water per day. Picture 1-gallon milk jug and then add 399-gallon jugs …. What?! It’s easy to forget that we use water to make coffee, cook food, drink, wash our hands, wash our clothing, flush the toilet, etc. When water is readily available it’s easy to take for granted. When we want to wash our hands, we take for granted that water is available. We assume the water is clean and has been treated by a treatment facility already.
Unfortunately, water quality is continually threatened by industrial and agricultural runoff, lack of environmental laws and regulations, and a consumer culture mired in unsustainable products and practices—think of all the plastic bottles you use in a week, then picture them in an ocean somewhere….
Making greener, eco-friendlier choices starts with each of us. With some awareness and openness, we can make better choices, but awareness is key! At the request of several people, JPIC put together a water usage survey (see reverse side). We hope that it helps us understand how much water we use and in what ways we use it. This data may lead to insights for ourselves and possible actions.
Save Hundreds of Gallons of Water a Month
1 Instead of letting water pour down the drain, collect it to water plants or flush the toilet
2 Do not flush the toilet every time (e.g. yellow=let it mellow, brown=flush it down)
3 For older toilets, sink a half gallon jug of water (not a brick) in the toilet tank
4 Turn off tap while washing hands and brushing teeth
5 Collect and reuse wastewater to water plants
6 Water outside in the early morning or evening
7 Use less electricity – power plants use thousands of gallons to cool
8 Skip the daily shower from time to time
9 Purchase high efficiency washing machines
10 Install water-saving showerheads, shower timers, and low-flow faucet aerators
11 Utilize eco-friendly cleaning products
12 Keep tap water cool in the fridge instead of running until cool
13 Eat less high-water-use-and-abuse foods (beef, lamb, other animal products)
14 Buy less of everything – consumer products account for up to 1/3 of people’s water footprint
Personal Water Usage Survey
0 – Never 1 -Almost never 2 -Some of the time 3 -Most of the time 4 -Always
1. ________Use individual bottles of water daily
2. ________Shower with full water pressure for 5 minutes or more
3. ________Flush old medicines down the toilet
4. ________Put non-green cleaning chemicals into the toilet
5. ________Let the water run continuously while brushing teeth
6. ________Let water run continuously until hot or cold
7. ________Let water run continuously while hand-washing dishes
8. ________Wear clothes once before laundering
9. ________Run the dishwasher before it’s completely full
10. ________Run the clothes washer and dryer for a few items
11. ________Delay fixing a running toilet or faucet
12. ________Ignore collecting and re-using wastewater when possible
13. ________Avoid being informed about water and environmental conservation issues
11 – 20: Great job!! You are on your way to saving hundreds of gallons of water a month.
21 – 35: You’re off to a great start! You are on your way to saving hundreds of gallons of water a month.
36 or more: You have opportunity for improvement.