STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EARTH SCIENCES - EARTH SYSTEMS PROGRAM

Sustainable Choices

Turn Off the Tap While Brushing Teeth, Etc.

Simplicity:
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Carbon Impact:
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Money Savings:
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Health Helper:
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Overview
It’s as easy as turning a faucet. That’s all you have to do to save 8 gallons a day of water. In a time when water resources are becoming increasingly scarce, this is a simple but important part of the solution. Every dripping faucet, every leaky hose, every unused gush of water can be prevented and should be a part of the solution. Keep that valve shut when you’re not using it.

Tips & Tricks
Only use what you need. Think of the water from your tap as a valuable resource—one that shouldn’t needlessly be washed down the drain. Water is the stuff that sustains life, gives us food and trees, and keeps the world healthy and green. Treat it like gold.

Web & Print Resources
General water-saving information:
www.epa.gov/WaterSense/water/simple.htm#full
www.h2ouse.org/

Water Sense quiz:
www.epa.gov/WaterSense/quiz/index.htm

Fun Facts

You can save up to 8 gallons per day by turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime. Source

Most people realize that hot water uses energy, but supplying and treating cold water requires a significant amount of energy too. American public water supply and treatment facilities consume about 50 billion kilowatt-hours per year—enough electricity to power more than 4.5 million homes for an entire year. Source