Spreading the Word about Water Efficiency from Coast to Coast

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.

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