Today is World Water Day and a great opportunity to reflect on all the ways we benefit from access to clean, safe water. Sadly, this isn’t the case for many people around the globe. This year’s theme is ‘Leaving no one behind.’ You can learn more by visiting the United Nations’ World Water Day website: https://www.worldwaterday.org/
While water conservation and protection may not seem that important in areas where water is abundant, like the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we have to think about how we use water and how we can use it better.
Even though we have a lot of freshwater in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida, getting it treated and to your tap takes a lot of energy and resources. Letting a tap run for five minutes takes the same amount of energy as letting a 60-watt lightbulb run for 14 hours! We also waste a lot of water accidentally through leaky faucets and toilets. Visit the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency water conservation page to learn more about how to check for leaks. https://www.pca.state.mn.us/living-green/conserving-water
Want to get really eco-friendly? Check out this San Francisco woman who only uses 30 gallons of water a day! https://www.mercurynews.com/2014/03/21/extreme-water-saving-how-one-bay-area-woman-uses-30-gallons-a-day/