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Sabin Muntean

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

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What are the best ways to stop wasting water?

I stumbled upon a GOOD graph on this topic entitled "Every drop counts" (http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1108/water-usage/flat.html). According to the graph a family of four needs about 3 gallons of water per day, whereas US families can use up to 400 gallons.

It is a fact that water is becoming an increasingly precious resource and that we cannot afford to waste it. The graph already provides some good tips on how to reduce the wastage, but I was wondering what other things can help save water, and by this I mean not only direct methods such as repairing your dripping faucet, but also indirect ones such as eating less meat as 1 kilogram of meat needs a lot more gallons of water to actually produce.

I am looking forward to your answers!

Topics: waste water
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  • Aug 28 2011: Water is very precious. However, we are talking about about a very spoiled majority of people who will not do the simple things to conserve. I have read thru the comments and there are quite a few of excellent ideas. I am afraid, that the majority of people that take water for granted would laugh in our faces. These spoiled humans need to start in baby steps. As was posted in the comments, turn the water off when brushing teeth. Do not use a dish washer. Etc., etc., etc., even this would help in the struggle for the most precious resource we have. I am afraid, some humans are just too spoiled to do even the baby steps. Excellent Topic!!!
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      Aug 28 2011: tell me something. if i start to use less water, how will it help to the people in central india?
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        Aug 28 2011: by giving positive example to other communities. When planning to make a change in the world, we need to start by changing ourselves. Cliché, however still actual.
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          Aug 28 2011: which communities need my positive example? other communities that have abundance of water, or other communities that already use less water as it is very scarce?
      • Aug 29 2011: That is a good question. I am afraid, you will not like my answer. I am not a globalist. I take care of my backyard first. I have a family, parents, that I take care of. Should I move to India? Should I break my budget and to a charity? This is not an option, I live pay check to pay check. So,,, back at the farm, I do what will help my community, by conserving water. May I ask how you are helping India? It is just a fair question. I am helping my community. That is my response. With respect to you.
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          Aug 29 2011: i didn't ask how do you help indians. my question was: if you use less water, what good that does to them. they won't have any more water. it is not like mineral oil, which is transported all around the globe. water is local.

          how i do help indians to get water? well, not much. i support the acumen fund with 2% of my income.
      • Sep 1 2011: quite simply by allowing less pollution into the water cycle... the water you pollute will travel around the globe, I realize that water and landfills are different, but I bet there's at least one wrapper in the great pacific garbage patch with your name on it, polluted water is no different, it all goes into the ocean and carried abroad.
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        Sep 1 2011: I believe it not the resource your wasting but the extra load you may put on the infrastructures by doing so. What happens when that sewage pond is full because you flush more than you should?
        sewage over flow into rivers helps no one.

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