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How much water do you use?

Monday is World Water Monitoring Day.

The outreach initiative, established in 2003 and managed by EarthEcho International, seeks to raise awareness of how crucial water resources are. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world will head outside today to test the basic quality – temperature, acidity, clarity, and dissolved oxygen – of local waterbodies.

Here are some other ways urban dwellers can get into a conservation state of mind.

Water consumption in multifamily buildings

As of 2016, about 12% of the U.S. population – or 38.7 million people – lives in a rental multifamily building with 4 or more units. Assuming the average person consumes 50 gallons of water per day, the total multifamily indoor water usage equates to roughly 1.9 trillion gallons of water per day.

But unlike residents of detached single-family homes, most multifamily residents do not directly pay a utility water bill. The cost is built into the rent and tenants are free to use water without additional charges. As a result, multifamily residents often are not aware of their impact on cost and consumption. This leads to higher water usage and less incentive to detect and fix leaks.

Ways to save water

Want to do your part to help cut water waste? Consider these household water conservation tips:

  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Wait till the dishwasher or clothes washer is fully loaded until a cycle starts.
  • Let frozen food thaw in the refrigerator overnight rather than running hot water.
  • Take baths sparingly. Showers use less water.
  • Sweep driveways and walkways rather than using a hose.
  • Install products, such as a recirculation pump, that cut down on wait time at the fixture for hot water.
  • Look for WaterSense labeled fixtures and EnergyStar appliances when upgrading, or encourage your landlord or property owner to invest in water monitoring technology like Lotik.

Clean and safe water is the world’s most precious natural resource. Take your own action today to protect it.

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