Dear Amy: How much water do we use in a day? — Ofelia, Miami
Dear Ofelia: In 2000, the U.S. used 346,000 million gallons of water per day. Most of that water was used to irrigate crops or in thermoelectric-power production. We also use a lot of water at home on a daily basis. The average person uses 80 to 100 gallons of water per day. All those toilet flushes and hand washings can add up fast. Want to find out how much water you use? Compute your answer with an online water calculator at http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/sq3.html.
Many of us use a lot more water than we need to. The good news is that saving water is easy when you know what to do! Try using one water glass or water bottle all day long to save on dishes. If you turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth, it can save 25 gallons in a month.
For more water-saving ideas, visit http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve. Many of these ideas, such as installing a low-flow shower head, require an adult, so invite your parents to read through the list with you. With these awesome ideas, you’ll not only help the environment, you’ll also save money on the water bill!
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