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Spreading the Word about Water Efficiency from Coast to Coast

2010 August 13

Flo-Profile-PicHi, I’m Flo, and I am the spokesgallon for EPA’s WaterSense program! I just got back from kicking off the We’re for Water campaign by traveling across the country to spread the word about water efficiency. Now that I’m home in D.C., I wanted to take a minute to tell you about why I care so much about saving water, and the people I met on my journey.

As many of you probably already know, water supplies in many communities are at risk. Between 1950 and 2005, the U.S. population doubled, while our use of water through public supplies more than tripled. With demand outstripping supply, at least 36 states have projected some degree of water shortage by 2013.

So what can we do? You can start by standing up for water. You can join thousands of your neighbors supporting the We’re for Water campaign and make simple changes at home to save water. Given that each American uses an average of 100 gallons of water every day at home, it’s easy to find a few gallons to spare. We can all start saving water today with three simple steps: check, twist, and replace!

  • First, check toilets to reveal any silent leaks.
  • Second, if you don’t have them already, twist a WaterSense labeled aerator onto each bathroom faucet to save water without noticing a difference in flow.
  • Third, replace your old showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, which helps you shrink your water footprint while still enjoying a satisfying shower.

It’s really that simple! I spent the past two and a half weeks traveling the country and asking people to take the “I’m for Water” pledge. I met all kinds of great people, from Los Angeles to New York City, all committed to doing their part to protect our water resources. I watched families compete to see who could save more water and even got to hang out with Denver Water’s Running Toilet and Athens, Georgia’s Lily Anne Phibean! I met people at Mount Rushmore, the Gateway Arch, the World’s Largest Toilet, and the Georgia Aquarium – and lots of other sites as well. You should check out www.facebook.com/epawatersense to see some great pictures and video from throughout my trip!

Want to do more? Then visit www.epa.gov/watersense and take the “I’m for Water” pledge and become a fan of WaterSense on Facebook to share why you’re for water and learn more water-saving tips.

About the author: Flo is the water efficiency “spokesgallon” for EPA’s WaterSense program. Her interests include swimming, playing in the rain, and helping people save water.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.


Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

5 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    August 13, 2010

    Flo My Heart,
    Could you come here ? I share to you about my people who don’t care about our water…., this planet water…., destructer our water ecosystem……, waternothingsense……., waterdisastermakers……., water negative thinkers.\
    Flo My Dreams,
    One of our prayer to use much water. wasteful…. very-very wasted. And everyday a person use more than a liter…., linking… forever…. So,I think a billion people, of this religion, who waste the much water everyday for many-many years, is significant for our debates. Do you know surface of land of my city is breakdown ?

    Help me Flo……

    Lonely Man.

  2. tom permalink
    August 13, 2010

    start building sisturns.
    rain barrels is a good start.
    recycle soft watter,shower,laundry into lawn and garden holding tanks.

  3. Freedom_Maverick permalink
    August 16, 2010

    Fourth, Tell your local water entity to stop putting flouride in the water!

  4. Dan permalink
    September 24, 2010

    there is a difference between water conservation and water efficiency. Water efficiency differs from water conservation in that it focuses on reducing waste. A proposition is that the key for efficiency is reducing waste, not restricting use. It also emphasises the influence consumers can have in water efficiency by making small behavioural changes to reduce water wastage and by choosing more water efficient products. Examples of water efficient steps includes fixing leaking taps, taking showers rather than baths, installing displacements devices inside toilet cisterns, and using dishwashers and washing machines with full loads. These are things that fall under the definition of water efficiency, as their purpose is to obtain the desired result or level of service with the least necessary water.

  5. Raine Barelle permalink
    October 19, 2010

    water efficiency is a global matter. you can save a lot of cash of you know how to use rain barrels

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