Top 10 Surprising Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Water Consumption

The average person in Hong Kong consumes 130 liters of fresh water each day — and flushes an additional 90 liters of sea water down the toilet. But by 2050, you and one billion other city-dwellers might have to live on less than 100 liters of water per day if we don’t get better at conserving water, according to a new study by the Conservancy and other institutions.

work_2.3.1Top10_thumbAbout Photo: Local children in Deqin, Yunnan, China. Join The Nature Conservancy’s global movement to use less water!

Most people know they can save water by taking shorter showers, and turning off the tap when brushing their teeth. But here are 10 surprising ways you can reduce water consumption — for the good of Hong Kong and for the good of people and wildlife all over the planet:

  • Don’t buy disposable water bottles — with your own re-usable water bottle, you can save 7 liters of water per bottle you drink!
  • Unplug your chargers and other electronics — it can reduce water usage by 15 to 19 liters of water a day, per household.
  • Go meatless one day every week. The water that goes into producing just one hamburger equals 2,400 liters—that’s 18 days’ worth of normal usage for the average person in Hong Kong.
  • Celebrate Dirty Day! Skip washing some items that aren’t really dirty.
  • Eat your leftovers: 70% of the world’s available fresh water goes into agriculture. Don’t waste food, and by doing so, you won’t waste water.
  • Buy a vintage t-shirt, instead of a brand new one. You’ll look cool saving 1,500 liters of water — enough to fill ten bathtubs.
  • Plant a tree yourself or through a donation to The Nature Conservancy. Forests and grasslands keep soil and pollutants from running into water sources and dirtying them. By giving just HK$10 a day (HK$300 a month) for two years, you could help plant 300 trees. See how you can make a difference today.
  • Skip the rice: one kilo requires 2,500 liters of water to grow, and many people eat 1-2 kilos a week.
  • Don’t pour leftover cooking oil down the drain—just one liter of oil can pollute 250,000 liters of fresh water.
  • Share these tips with friends, co-workers, and family: via social media, email, or by printing out this page and hanging it over your sink (but print wisely — it takes 10 liters of water to produce just one piece of paper!).

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