Virtual Water Conservation Guide
CONSERVING WATER – VIRTUAL USE
When you're using water at home, whether it's in your sink, your shower, or watering your lawn, it's abundantly clear that you're depleting a vital resource that isn’t quite so abundant. It’s also pretty easy to reduce your indoor and outdoor water – shorter showers, less flushing, smarter sprinkling, etc. Virtual water use, however, is far more complicated.
First things first. What, exactly, is virtual water?
Good question. Virtual water is the hidden flow of water – and accompanying water costs – it takes to manufacture consumer goods and/or transport consumer goods from one place to another. Your virtual water footprint, therefore, is the total volume of water used to make and ship the products you buy.
So how do you become a more virtual water conserving consumer?
CONSIDER THESE SMALL CHANGES TO YOUR DIETARY AND SHOPPING ROUTINES:
1. EAT MORE VEGETABLES
2. THINK ABOUT HOW YOU SHOP FOR NEW CLOTHES
3. BUY HIGH-QUALITY REUSABLE PRODUCTS
4. INSTALL ENERGY-EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS
5. TAKE A PUBLIC TRANSIT OR RIDE A BICYCLE
6. BRING A REUSABLE BOTTLE OR THERMOS WITH YOU TO STORE YOUR COFFEE, SODAS, AND WATER
7. CUT OUT PLASTIC
8. USE LESS PAPER
Bottom line, the way we use the virtual version of our planet’s most vital resource as consumers has a dramatic impact on our planet, and its people. By implementing these subtle shifts in our daily routine, as well as those provided in our tips for indoor and outdoor water use within your home, we can pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future. For all. For life.
(Content courtesy of Pentair Everpure)