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How Much Water Do You Use? Calculating Your Water Footprint

25 April 2011  
Here are several resources to help you figure out how much water you use, and how much you could save.

waterfootprintsIs 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:

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Here's a movie about bottled water from Annie Leonard - whatcha think?

Don't Forget

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
Gary Beverly
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Visit the web site: http://www.chinoaz.net