Hi, my name is Joshua, and I am a part of the Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program. I am passionate about water conservation and Grades of Green’s School wide Water Conservation Activity, and here is why. Human beings’ need for water surpasses any other resource. It sustains our life, keeps us clean, and takes care of the world around us. Although about 71 percent of the Earth is water, only 2.5 percent is freshwater that we can drink, and less than 1 percent is accessible to humans. Water is very important, yet all humans are at fault of wasting it. Studies show that in United States homes, about 1 trillion gallons of water are wasted per year. We are all responsible for taking this much-needed resource for granted. All that water could be going to the approximately 780 million people who do not have access to clean, usable water (unwater.org).

Now is the time to change our ways. Water has become more important than ever, especially since our reserves are diminishing. If we are more determined, focused, and intelligent about water and how water is used in our lives, we can save it. Even by doing little things, like turning off the water when brushing your teeth, or larger projects, like installing low-flow showerheads, we make a difference. On websites such as wateruseitwisely.com, www.loudonwater.org, and www3.epa.gov, there are countless ways your whole family can come together for this great cause. There are also many games and challenges to take part in together.

The biggest cause for water shortage is leaks. By notifying your parents about a leak, you can not only save 10,000 gallons per year, but also about 10 percent on their next water bill. If you are suspicious about your toilet having a leak, all you have to do is place a drop of food coloring into the tank, and wait 15 minutes. If the food coloring seeps into the actual bowl, you know your toilet is wasting water.

If we all work together to save the drop, we can ensure that water on Earth will survive for many, many generations to come. Furthermore, you will become a hero to suffering people across the globe. Water is much too valuable to be wasted, so take a stand for this cause.

Check out this video for some fun tips on how your school can save water by planting a Drought Tolerant Garden! Choosing to plant drought tolerant plants at your school can save tons of water and can make your garden look even better! Tips from the video include collecting rainwater, using mulch, and researching plants that are adapted to your climate! Check it out below!

Interested in learning more about how you can reduce the amount of water you use? Register here and check out Grades of Green’s Water Activities!