Last week we talked a little bit about the current water problem California has been dealing with for the past few months (read post here). Even though the West Coast has been going through an extremely dry period, there are other parts of the world that have endured similar scenario. In order to help address this ongoing issue, we need to do our part and be an active part of this (complicated) puzzle. So, let’s take water conservation from a global standpoint where our daily actions are a fundamental part of the long term solution.

First off, there are two ways of thinking about water conservation: curtailment of usage verses efficient products. Curtail… WHAT? However weird this word seams to all of us, it is actually something very simple that most of us already do. Curtailment is the simple act of reducing or restricting water usage – such as taking shorter showers and turning off the water while brushing your teeth. Things we all try to implement in our daily life.  On the flip side, there is the efficient product route that boils down to replacing toilets, retrofitting washers and so on. Even though, the most common route to take is the first, studies show that the most effective strategy for a long term resolution, would be the latter.

Let’s crunch some numbers to understand the exact amount of water we use…

If a urinal are flushed 15 times per day…



If a faucet runs for 4 minutes per day…


It’s kind of crazy when you stop to look at these numbers and actually factor the amount of water savings that happens in just one year when you replace your fixture for a water efficient one. Millions of gallons of water… how much is that anyway? It is hard to put it into prospective without having something to compare it with. We just couldn’t quite figure out a way to represent this huge amount of water, so we finally gave into our curiosity and started researching more on the subject.

Since the urinal is our thing, we researched the 40,000 gallons per year number. It ended up being a random number and we found no lake size to illustrate the exact amount of water savings. However, we found a very different (and interesting) piece of information while we were at it… Did you know that it takes about 40,000 gallons of water to manufacture one pair of blue jeans and one t shirt! (read here) We sure didn’t! Pretty wild.

Jokes and jeans aside… If you want to read more about water conservation click on the link (link) Maybe feeling like saying yes to a cause? (link) Also, National Geographic has a cool water footprint calculator (link).