Water Conservation 

 June 10, 2013

By  Oak Norton

water conservation

Did you know that on average, you use 2.5 gallons of water per minute while you are in the shower?

In a family of four, cutting one minute off each person’s shower time each day would save 3,650 gallons of water a year. In a city of 10,000 households, that would save 36.5 million gallons of water a year. Imagine if everyone could shave several minutes off their shower time…

Discuss: How could you make your shower faster? If you use soap, shampoo, and conditioner, think about the order that you use them in and how you rinse off. Could you possibly rearrange things to optimize this task?

Challenge: In our family, one of our young daughters was able to reduce her time from more than 20 minutes to two minutes. Time your next shower and see how fast you go. Do a before and after and calculate how much water your family is going to save in the next year.

It takes around 70 gallons of water to fill up a tub so taking a shower tends to use less water than taking a bath. And if you use a low-flow showerhead, it could save you even more water in the shower.

(Featured image by sutichak @123rf.com)

Oak Norton

Father of 5 children, husband to 1 amazingly patient woman, entrepreneur, and education advocate.

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