TreeHugger Picks: Saving Some Precious Water

1) If the recent ongoing droughts in the US can teach us anything, hopefully it's that they, along with other extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change are also making fresh water an increasingly scarce commodity. In fact, the struggle over the world's depleting water resources, much like with oil today, is a crisis that will likely come to a head some time this century. Stay ahead of the curve with these straightforward, handy tips.
2) Hacking your toilet with a Sinkpositive or another such toilet-top sink can be a real multi-tasker: every drop of water saved is beneficial, and they're also a good way to visualize how much water literally goes down the toilet each time you flush. Build your own (from recycled materials, no less) with this handy video, and check out our Earth Day Guide for Saving Water When You Flush for more ideas on toilet water-conservation.
3) The shower also offers myriad opportunities to make more efficient use of your water. These include showering Japanese-style, where you sit on a stool with a wooden bucket and ladle (or hand-held nozzle), soap and a sponge, using just a bit of water to wet and rinse, and the Navy shower, when you use a conventional shower, but turn the water off except to get wet at the beginning and rinse at the end. Low-flow showerheads and shower timers are just a few of the tips to be found in our Getting Ready for Earth Day: Saving Water When You Shower guide. Two more picks after the jump.

4) Now Magazine pointed out the surprising impact our individual diets have on water consumption; for example: "To produce 1 kilogram of boneless beef, according to a definitive 2004 UNESCO study on the 'water footprint of nations,' it takes 6.5 kilograms (~14 pounds) of grain, 36 kilograms (almost 80 pounds) of roughage (coarse grains and pasture) and 155 litres (nearly 41 gallons) of drinking water."
5) At the end of the day, there's lots of water to be saved when you clean: your dishes and your clothes, just for starters. For example, if all Americans used a super-efficient GE model, over 15.5 billion gallons of water a year would be saved -- enough to fill more than 20,000 Olympic-sized pools. For more tips, click on over to the How to Green Your Water guide.

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