Betty Helps You Think Globally, Act Locally When it Comes to Water

by Betty on March 20, 2015

Celebrate World Water Day this Sunday, March 22nd! This is a day to celebrate, raise awareness of those who suffer from water-related issues, and to take action for the future health and management of water.

Do your part locally to conserve water by following Betty’s top ten tips!


  1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth, washing your face, and doing the dishes. Leaving the water running can waste up to 4 gallons of water in just 2 minutes!
  1. Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes to save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month!
  1. Check your faucets & showerheads for leaks. One drip every second adds up to 5 gallons per day!
  1. Only run your dishwasher when full. Your appliance uses 15 gallons of water per cycle, despite the size of the load. Purchasing an Energy Star, water-efficient dishwasher will use as little as 4 gallons per cycle. For more tips, learn how to green your kitchen here.
  1. Garbage disposals use a vast amount of water. Instead, put your food waste in a composter to turn your waste into nutrients for your plants. Visit here, to learn how to start composting, today!
  1. Use cold water when washing your clothes. Nearly 90% of the energy consumed by a washing machine is used to heat water. By switching to cold water, you could save 400 tons of carbon dioxide (C02) emissions from being released into the atmosphere. Make the switch today!
  1. When shopping for a new washing machine, opt for an Energy Star model. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load! Click here to learn more ways to green your laundry room.
  1. Water your lawn early in the morning or at night to avoid excess evaporation. Also, avoid watering your lawn on windy days as the water can easily blow away.
  1. Use a rain barrel to harvest water from your gutters to water your potted plants, garden & lawn. Learn how to install you own rain barrel, here. Use caution when watering your vegetable garden, as harmful chemicals may leach from some rooftop materials, such as new wood, chemically treated, and asphalt shingles. Check your rooftop materials before watering.
  1. When mowing your lawn this Spring, leave your lawn clippings on your grass to help cool the ground & prevent moisture loss!

Check out the UN’s World Water Day website for more information & tips here!

Local organization whose primary focus is water stewardship:

Rivanna Conservation Society


Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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