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Become water wise


When you are brushing your teeth, shaving, or soaping up, you can help conserve freshwater and our ocean!

Seas the Day

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We are tied to the ocean. And when
we go back to the sea, whether it is
to sail or to watch - we are going
back from whence we came.

John F. Kennedy

seas the day Act for the angelfish by turning off the tap. Watch your daily water use by checking your home's water meter and your water bill to keep track of your overall water usage. Then compare your personal and household consumption to global patterns. Are the results surprising? If what you learn is shocking, then use EPA’s water saving calculator to play your part to become water wise. Also, try getting young people around you involved in saving water.



seas the dayTurn the tide for turtles by making water wise decisions. One of the best places to start here is with food. The water footprint for food can be astounding. About 60 gallons for a couple servings of potatoes, 72 gallons for a bottle of beer, and over 5,000 gallons for two pounds of beef. Food packaging you choose also makes a difference. Bring and use reusable containers to the store, or buy in bulk instead of individually wrapped items.

As much as 30% of U.S. household water consumption comes from outdoor use. To get a lush yard and garden without using all that clean water, consider planting native and drought resistant species; they don’t need much watering and can withstand natural weather fluctuations. When you do need to water your plants there are many ways to conserve water, such as drip irrigating systems that use between 20% and 50% less water than conventional in-ground sprinkler systems.



seas the dayMake a whale of an effort by buying water efficient appliances. With new technologies, big ticket items are becoming almost 1/3 more efficient then their older counterparts. If you are in the market for a new appliance, make sure you ask your retailer and get equipment approved by a credible certification outfit, such as Energy Star. These appliances work just as well as the older, less efficient ones, their price tags are comparable, and you will save on your water bills in the long run. At the very least you can put a bottle of water in the back of your toilet.

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