7 Easy Things You Can Do To Save Water This Summer

Everyone wants to be outside in the summer, but few people want to have a picnic or set up a hammock in a yard that’s dry and brown. So, we fill up the watering can and crank up the sprinklers, and drench it all in cool, clear water. Here’s the thing: America is in the middle of a drought. We’re running out of water to drink, quickly, never mind spraying it on plants you can’t even eat.

The EPA and local governments encourage everyone to conserve water. Just use less, they say. But it’s hard to control ourselves when it flows so easily from the faucet and hose. We need help, concrete advice on small changes that will make a big difference in how much water is wasted during this, the hottest and driest time of the year.

This infographic, courtesy of the EPA, might be just the help you’ve been looking for. It’s jam-packed with statistics about how much water we unknowingly waste in this country, as well as handy tips that can help everyone conserve (like, did you know that grass isn’t supposed to be bright green in the summer?). Share it, bookmark it, tweet it. You can even print it and hang it in the kitchen as a friendly reminder, we won’t judge. After all, the trees want you to conserve water too.

WaterSense's Save Water Summer Infographic

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog