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Conserving water is becoming increasingly important, and it has become a necessity in areas that are suffering from drought. According to the UN, by 2025 (in less than 15 years), 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water-stressed conditions, as a result of water shortages from climate change and rising levels of water use due to a growing population.
Reducing your water use will not only lower your water bills and help prevent potential water shortages. It also reduces the strain on municipal water systems and infrastructure (e.g., sewer, water treatment and supply), which helps reduce the energy, maintenance, and the associated taxes required to run and expand those systems. Using less water also saves energy, since energy is used to treat, deliver, and heat water. And it leaves more water in lakes, rivers, and streams for aquatic species.
These are some of the ways that you can reduce your household water use, both indoors and outdoors:
OUTDOORS (yard / lawn / garden):
At a broader level, two of the most effective ways to reduce water use (indirectly but significantly) are: to reduce your energy use (because the generation of electricity typically requires enormous amounts of water), and to reduce your consumption of meat (because raising some types of meat animals, particularly corn-fed factory-farmed beef cows, requires enormous amounts of water).
For more information on water conservation, visit these websites:
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