How are you conserving water?
On May 8, 2014, more than 8,314 people joined the University of California in a one-day science project and told us how they were conserving water at home, in their garden or landscape, or on their farm.
People, animals and plants all need water to survive, yet less than 1% of the earth’s water is available for our use. With each passing day, the availability of clean water is diminishing. As California experiences record drought conditions, now more than ever, every drop counts.
By shortening your shower by just one or two minutes, you can save as much as 700 gallons of water in a month!
Have you shortened the length of time you spend in the shower? Have you invested in low-flow faucets and toilets? Have you fixed leaky faucets? Have you let your grass go brown or swapped it for drought-tolerant landscaping? If you’re a farmer, have you adopted any new watering technology for your farm, like switching from flood irrigation to low-flow? Or maybe you still looking for a good way or reason to conserve water?
Did you know…
- 2013 was the driest year in California’s recorded history
- Californians currently use an average of 196 gallons of water per person per day, including all businesses other than agriculture
- 30% of the water use in the home is used for landscaping
- The average bath uses 40 to 50 gallons of water, whereas a 10-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead only uses 15 gallons
- Even a one- or two-minute reduction in daily showering time can save up to 700 gallons per month
- You can lose more than 20 gallons of water per day from a single drippy faucet!
- If everyone in the state could reduce her or his water consumption by 10 gallons a month, we would save a total of 4.56 billion gallons in a year
Learn more about water
- 4-H2O: Water Quality Awareness in Urban Environments - A curriculum for 4th - 6th grades
- There's No New Water! A curriculum for middle and high school youth
- California Aquatic science Education Consortium - Educational materials for youth ages 10-15
- ProjectWET (Water Education for Teachers) - An activity book for K-12th graders
What is UC doing about water?
- California Institute for Water Resources
- UC ANR Water Quality, Quantity and Security Strategic Initiative
- UC ANR Agricultural Water Quality Research and Education
- Water Conservation from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences
- UCCE Orange County Water Quality Program
- UC Master Gardeners Managing Water
- UC Master Gardeners Managing Water - How do I practice sustainable gardening?
- UC California Naturalists