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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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    Sep 1 2011: Water is a rather stable molecule. It is a peculiarly human perception that once having passed through one's body (or one's lawn or one's vegetable garden) it somehow loses value. It's the same molecule. The problem is not one of 'wasting water' but of having too much of it in a place (aka a flood) or too little of it in a place (aka a drought) or having it contaminated by chemicals (including sodium chloride!). Water is totally recyclable and has been circulating for hundreds of millions of years..... We can cleanse water of parasites or bacteria or viruses -- or we can drink or use contaminated water. Humans can turn salt water into fresh water if they want (some places, not blessed with fresh water do!). It's really irrelevant how much water passes through our lives... the water remains after we've taken temporary possession of it. The real issue is whether we're willing to cleanse it and reuse it over and over and over.... or whether we choose to sit amid contaminated water and complain that it's not to our liking....
    • Sep 4 2011: Eloquently put! I've been telling everyone for years that we are drinking the same water as stone age man. If not where's it coming from?

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