Green Living Guide | Water | UNB

Water

Earth’s water is available for human use, but it is not infinite. Changing just a few little things in your daily routine can make a big difference in how we use this indispensable resource. Conserving water helps the environment, mitigates future impacts of climate change, and saves money on water bills. Although the Earth is often called the blue planet, out of all the water on the planet there is less than 1% accessible fresh water for us to use. 
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Showering: 

Fact

Three out of four adult Canadians spend five minutes or more in the shower. That translates into about 2 billion litres of water a day and about 750 billion litres of water a year.
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The 3–4-minute shower. Limiting shower time to three minutes could mean we collectively save 800 million litres of water a day and 292 billion litres of water a year.

Shorter showers are the single most effective way we can save water. Make a playlist of all the best shower songs in less than 4 minutes, so you jam out in the shower and save water at the same time. 

Sink: 

Fact

Brushing your teeth with the tap running for 2 minutes can waste more than 12 litres of water each time.
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Don’t be silly. When brushing your teeth, just wet your toothbrush and turn off the water until you need to rinse.