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7 Ways to Conserve Drinking Water

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Clean water is our lifeblood and the key to good health, but it is increasingly becoming a precious commodity—and the drought in California is clear evidence of that. It’s one of the worst droughts the Golden State has ever seen, and the government even set up a website to inform the public about it.

Potable water is a concern, not just in the U.S., but for the entire world heading into the future. Conserving water will also help save you money while reserving more clean supply for drinking, especially if you’re using a well. Here are seven relatively simple things you can do at home to help remedy the situation…

 

1. Brush your Teeth with the Tap Off

Many people are in the habit of letting the tap run while they’re brushing away, which is completely unnecessary. While you can use the water to wet your toothbrush, rinse it off and also rinse your mouth, letting water go down the drain is a waste.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains that turning off the tap while you brush in the morning and at bedtime can save 8 gallons of water a day, and add up to 200 a month! For scale, the EPA noted 200 gallons is enough for a tank that would hold 6 small sharks.

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