March 22 is World Water Day which advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. If you’re curious on ways that you can reduce your water footprint, you’ve come to the right place. Santevia has compiled a list of easy and practical ways to help you save water. When it comes to saving water, even small changes will have significant benefits.
1.Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
Making this small change will have great impacts in the long run. Water flows from the faucet at 2.5 gallons a minute. If you’re brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day, that means you can save up to 10 gallons of water a day just from turning off the faucet while you brush!
2.Fix any leaks on your faucets and showerheads
Not only are leaking faucets annoying, they also contribute to significant water waste. On average, 10 gallons a day are lost to leaks. By fixing leaks, you can significantly reduce your water consumption.
3.Change your shower habits
Try cutting down the length of your showers by 5 minutes, or for the more ambitious, try to keep your showers under 5 minutes. We know it’s relaxing to end the day with a warm shower, but for every extra minute you spend in the shower, you’re wasting up to 5 gallons of water. Be mindful of your hygiene habits - consider showering less frequently. You don’t need to shower multiple times a day, or even every day!
4.When doing laundry, match the water level with the size of the load
This small change can reap significant benefits. If you’re only doing a small load, make sure to adjust your washer settings accordingly. Your clothes will be just as clean, but from using less water!
5.Change your diet
To save water, try changing your eating habits. Strive to eat mainly plant-based, local foods. Raising meat is one of the largest contributors of water use. By eating plant-based foods, not only will you be consuming a healthy diet, but you’ll be indirectly saving water. By purchasing groceries from local vendors, transportation will be reduced – another way to help the environment.
6.Use your filter water for your plants
Every time you replace your Santevia filters, run water through the new filter twice to ensure the filter is ready for use. Instead of pouring this water down the drain, use it for your plants. The water that comes from a new filter is full of powerful trace minerals like calcium and magnesium – your plants will love it.
If you’re interested, take a look at the water footprint calculator. Keep track of your progress over time to see if you have effectively improved your footprint.