The Earth is made of 76 percent water, but only 1 percent is accessible to humans. Every year in the United States, 900 billion gallons of water are wasted due to faulty faucets and leaks at home. Experts estimate that by the year 2030, 25 percent of the world’s population will live in places where there is little to no water supply.
This troubling realization has pushed numerous countries to speed up their efforts in water conservation. In the United States, where 40 states are projected to experience water shortages by 2024, the federal government has launched a long term campaign to reduce water wastage in the country.
Government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, are making waves water conservation and efficiency within their institutions. They have also pushed for water sustainability in other federal offices since the early 2000s.
You can contribute to the global effort in your own little way. Simply cutting down on your shower time can save gallons of water and by extension, reduce your water bills.
An old, inefficient toilet consumes up to seven gallons of water per flush. If you replace it with an eco-friendly one, like the low-flush Sanicompact toilet, which uses a dual-flush system and up to 1.28 gallons of water, you can save as much as 13,000 gallons of water a year or $130 in your yearly water cost.
Learn about the many ways you can help with the conservation effort in comprehensive this infographic.
Freshwater is essential for the earth’s survival. With the speed that humans are using up the world’s consumable water supply, complete water scarcity may not be far along. When that happens, all living existence in the world will gradually be wiped out, including human beings.