We all need water, but water shortages are becoming more common in the United States and around the world. Only about 1 percent of the Earth’s water can be consumed by humans, so do your part to save this necessary but limited resource.

showerShorten Your Shower

Nearly 1 in every 5 gallons of water used indoors in the United States goes down the shower drain. So if you didn’t think that 25-minute shower you take matters, think again. Set a timer to see how long you really do stay in the shower (it’s longer than you think). A 10-minute shower is about 25 gallons of water. Every minute you shorten it, you save 2.5 gallons. Seriously, try it.

turn-off-the-tapTurn off the Tap

Did you know that most people use 70 gallons of water a day? In the bathroom, turn off the tap while shaving or brushing teeth. And if you wash dishes by hand, slow the flow while you’re scrubbing. By turning off the tap while you’re not actually using water, you’ll reduce your daily water use.

fix-leaksFix it Fast

Small leaks can add up to gallons of water lost per day. Common types of leaks include leaking toilet flappers and dripping faucets. Find a leak on campus? Report it. A leaky showerhead that drips once every 6 seconds will waste 500+ gallons of water per year. You could run your dishwasher 60 times with that.


Ready for more?

Change Your State shows you how simple, everyday actions make a big difference. Check out these other ways to improve your life, NC State and the world: travel smartereat greensave energywaste lesswork on wellness and wise up about water.