Well, here’s some good news! Americans are conserving water at a higher volume than ever before, according to a prominent US Geological Survey.
In 1980, we were using around 112 gallons of water per day each. This plummeted to 88 gallons per day in 2005 and 82 gallons per day in 2015, marking a 27 percent decrease, despite the population increasing by 4 percent during that time.
Winning at Domestic Water Use!
The survey also highlights how domestic water use is relatively small compared to the various ways that water is used on an industrial scale. However, the signs that we’re using significantly less of domestic water are …
Conservation – the careful use of natural resources to prevent them from being lost or wasted.
Conservation is a word we read or hear about nearly everyday. On the west coast of America, the word routinely appears in headlines where the land is scorched from the high heat and lack of rain that has persisted for years in that drought stricken area of the country. The people there have little choice but to conserve water, if not voluntarily, then under penalty of law. A $500 fine for watering the lawn should be enough to convince you it’s a serious situation.
From the algae blooms in Ohio, to the poisoned water …
Ironically, though water covers two thirds of our planet, clean drinking water and in some places, water itself, is becoming scarcer by the minute. City municipalities are struggling to keep up with demand from an ever-growing population.
Cities and states around the country are imploring people to reduce their water usage through increased conservation measures.
West Coast Water Woes
California is in the throws of a three-year drought (the worst in decades), that has potentially dire consequences for many areas of the state.
Despite California Governor Jerry Brown’s plea for a voluntary statewide reduction in water usage by 20%, reports show only a 5% reduction for the past year. …