Is your water footprint bigger than you think? Your water footprint is how much water you consume directly and indirectly (water used to produce the good and services you use). You can reduce your water footprint in many ways, including the following:
- Find and repair leaks in and around your house.
- Select water-saving models when purchasing new appliances.
- Keep showers under 5 minutes.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks, driveways,etc.
- Don’t let faucets, showers, or hoses run!
- Don't drain your pool more than necessary.
- Don' t buying bottled water; filter your water instead.
- Use a hose nozzle with an automatic shut-off valve when washing your car or watering plants.
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they have a full load or adjust water levels for smaller loads.
Water Footprint Calculators
Ok, there are many water usage calculators - so don't be confused by jargon such as "Water Footprint Calculator". Here are a few to choose from:
- Liberty Water's Water Footprint Calculator
- Personal Water Footprint Calculator app for Facebook
- National Geographic's Water Footprint Calculator (lots of other info here, too)
- Water Use It Wisely - see how you 'Stack Up'
- HO Conserve: the H2O Calculator
About That Bottled Water
The 'Bottled Water Addiction'
Here's a movie about bottled water from Annie Leonard - whatcha think?
Saturday, April 30, there will be a Water Conservation Workshop in Chino Valley
Time: 12:30 pm -5:30 PM
• To inform local residents of water conserving methods useful for rural lifestyle homes and gardens
• To initiate individual actions to protect our domestic wells
• To introduce local vendors and resources
Location: West Gym at Chino Valley High School
760 E. Center St.
Chino Valley, AZ, 86323
Visit the web site: http://www.chinoaz.net