Curbing water use in American households could be as easy as making simple changes to daily routines and installing a few water-efficient appliances, a recent study suggests.
With many water suppliers expecting to face water availability problems in the 21st century, water conservation offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to address these challenges as opposed to capturing, transporting, and treating new supplies.
Co-authored by Benjamin D. Inskeep and Shahzeen Z. Attari, “The Water Short List: The Most Effective Action U.S. Households Can Take to Curb Water Use,” explores the top five most effective water saving solutions.
Among these actions are reducing shower times and toilet flushes, doing only full loads of laundry, and installing WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products.
“We find that the average household can reduce their indoor water use by up to 45% (70 gallons per household per day),” Attari said.
The results of the study are presented throughout the article in an easy-to-use, ranked water short list.
The water short list identifies effective actions households can take to decrease water use and increase the sustainability of public water supply systems.
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