Why Conserve Water?

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Fresh water is a scarce resource, only 1% of the water on this planet is usable.A recent government survey showed at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013. By using water more efficiently, we can help preserve water supplies for future generations, save money, and protect the environment. We use up our fresh water supplies faster than they can be replenished through household consumption, landscaping needs, agricultural uses, factory-farming needs, and commercial and industrial uses.

Conserve to:

  1. Reduce your water and sewer bills
  2. Reduce the burden on water treatment plants, distribution systems, and septic systems.
  3. Reduce the amount of energy needed to treat and distribute water, so that fewer harmful by-products will be emitted from power plants.
  4. Reduce the need to build more water treatment plants and to drill new community wells.
  5. Have fewer sewage system failures caused from excess water overwhelming the system.
  6. Have healthy, rather than depleted and dried up, natural pollution filters such as downstream wetlands.
  7. Reduce water contamination caused by polluted runoff due to over-irrigating agricultural and urban lands.
  8. Reduce the need to construct additional dams and reservoirs or otherwise regulate the natural flow of streams, thus preserving their free flow and retaining the value of stream and river systems as wildlife habitats and recreational areas.
  9. Reduce the need to construct additional water and wastewater treatment facilities.
  10. Eliminate excessive surface water withdrawals that degrade habitat both in streams and on land adjacent to streams and lakes.

Source:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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2 Responses to “Why Conserve Water?”

  1. Purely Hydroponic on September 7th, 2011 11:11 am

    Very informative and actually applicable advice. Water conservation is key, something we look at very closely at the pre-grow period of planning hydroponic schedules.

  2. emma on December 21st, 2011 3:41 am

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