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CHS: At the Heart of Conservation

Please join us in the effort to conserve precious resources.

Water Conservation Facts and Tips

Did You Know:

  • Oceans contain 97% of the planet’s water.
  • Less than 2% of the earth’s water supply is fresh water.
  • 2.8 billion people live in water-stressed areas.
  • 780 million people lack access to clean water (that’s more than 2½ times the population of the USA).
  • One child dies from a water-related disease every 21 seconds.
  • One in every nine people lacks access to an improved source of water.
  • Investing in water and sanitation is cost-effective across all world regions.

Tips for Water Conservation

  • A leaky faucet can waste 100 gallons a day. Be careful to turn off water and repair leaks.
  • The average 10-minute shower uses around 49 gallons of water. Take a shorter shower instead.
  • You will use five gallons of water if you keep the water running while brushing your teeth or shaving. Turn off the water when it's not being used.
  • Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when they are full.
  • When washing your car, use soap and water from a bucket. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle for rinsing.
  • You can refill an 8-oz. glass of water approximately 15,000 times for the same cost as a six pack of soda. Reuse water bottles and/or avoid plastic-bottled water whenever possible.

Energy Conservation

  • Turning your thermostat lower by one degree in winter and one degree higher in summer is a great step to reducing your energy use! Through energy use alone, the average U.S. home creates more than 13 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually (same as driving a car more than 12,000 miles).
  • Make your lunch or dinner meat-free. Meat production is the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and huge amounts of toxic waste. Visit Vegetarian Times for great recipes.
  • Take one hour away from electronics and toward creation. Average U.S. homes spend more than 90% of indoor time in front of electronic screens. Disconnect from electronics and go outdoors—or sit in front of something that reminds you of the natural world.
  • Kick the bottled water habit. Install a water filter on your faucet and use a reusable water bottle—one that does not leach chemicals. Look for the “BPA Free” plastic bottles or a stainless steel bottle.
  • Shut off water until it is needed, while soaping dishes, shampooing hair, brushing teeth, cleaning the car, etc.
  • Save energy and resources by recycling your glass, aluminum, paper and plastic. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours.
  • Keep a party sustainable with waste-friendly dinnerware. Plastic can take up to 600 years to break down in a landfill, and the disposable foam used for cups and other items never breaks down. Keep the environment in mind by using reusable dinnerware.
  • Choose organic, when you can. As much as 40% of the energy used in the food system goes toward the production of fertilizers and pesticides (Sustainable Table).

Further Resources

How to Plant Your Garden

Prayers for the Earth

St. Francis Pledge to Protect Creation and the Poor

Interfaith Pledge