Understanding water consumption and conservation is becoming more and more important. As the current climate is becoming more unstable, so is the security of our water supply. Just two years ago, Darien experienced a drought even though the state’s overall rainfall has been increasing as our climate warms. It’s important to think about water conservation as extreme weather events, like droughts and hurricanes, which pose threats to our water supply are becoming more common due to climate change. Proper precautions should be taken to protect, secure, and manage our usage of our stores of potable water for the future.
It’s important to understand just how much water we each utilize, and which aspects of our lifestyles consume the greatest amount. Concerning indoor water use, 75 percent of water is used in the bathroom (Aquarion). A 10 minute shower uses 25 gallons of water while a bath can use 35-50 gallons of water. Running faucets can waste around 3 gallons of water per minute (Water Footprint ). Cutting down how often you shower and the amount of time your showers last, installing low-flow technology, or simply running your faucet for less time can make a significant difference.