Pledge for Water Efficiency

     In the dead of winter it doesn’t seem like we should be worried about how much water we’re using. Kids aren’t running through sprinklers, people aren’t watering their flowers and most of our lakes in Minnesota are covered in ice so water isn’t evaporating.  To be honest I don’t worry too much about water conservation except for how it could affect our septic system. Other than that I take it for granted we have seemingly endless supplies of fresh water right outside of our door.  Of course that could change if mining is allowed in Minnesota.

     I’ll start taking baby steps and the next time I’m in the hardware store I’ll look for faucet aerators. And I’ll take the pledge, will you?

Inaugurate Your Friends to Water Efficiency in 2013

Water is an important part of our daily lives. Many of us wake up, take a shower, brush our teeth, and make a cup of coffee with a flick of the tap. But did you know the average American uses as much as 100 gallons of water per day at home? Ring in 2013 by taking the "I’m for Water" pledge and helping those around you become more water-efficient. This year, you can encourage your friends, colleagues, and neighbors to reduce their water use by connecting with WaterSense through social media and spreading the pledge for water efficiency.

Start by visiting WaterSense’s Facebook page, where you can sign up to try three simple things to be more water-efficient, including checking toilets for silent leaks, twisting on a WaterSense labeled faucet aerator, or replacing existing products inside and outside your home with WaterSense labeled models.

For example, if you’re warming up this winter by taking more hot showers, you can pledge to shower better by replacing your showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model. Inefficient showerheads not only waste water, they waste energy used to heat the water. With a WaterSense labeled showerhead, the average family can reduce annual water and energy costs by nearly $70 and save enough electricity to power the home for 13 days!

Once you take the pledge, inaugurate your friends and followers to water efficiency by tweeting your commitment to water and sharing the pledge on your Facebook page. You can also share the pledge via email or by adding a We’re for Water widget to your website or blog.

To take the "I’m for Water" pledge and learn about ways you can help those around you make water efficiency part of their New Year’s resolution, visit the EPA WaterSense Facebook page