Prevent Household Water Waste


Target: Benjamin D. Inskeep, Energy Policy Analyst for N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University, and Shahzeen Z. Attari, Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington

Goal: Prevent household water waste with easy and affordable routine changes

Most Americans have no idea how much water is actually used in everyday household activities. However, a recent environmental guide provides instruction on how households can reduce their indoor water consumption by up to 30 percent by implementing simple actions into daily routines. For example, household members can reduce quarter flushes by a quarter, only wash full loads of laundry, and take shorter showers to reach that 30 percent reduction.

An Indiana University researcher and an energy policy analyst co-wrote a paper that is published in the journal, Environment, to offer a practical guide to preventing household water waste. In this paper, the authors discuss how some techniques that were previously used to save water actually do more harm than good.

“As water availability is expected to become an increasingly urgent issue in the coming decades,” they write, “it is heartening to find that substantial reductions in household water use are readily available to U.S. households.”

With data from the Water Research Association and the U.S. Geological Survey, the authors estimate that indoor and outdoor household water use could be reduced by 45 percent through the installation of energy efficient toilets, washing machines, shower heads, faucets, and dishwashers.

Sign the below petition to urge thank Benjamin D. Inskeep and Shahzeen Z. Attari for putting everyday water conservation into practical and actionable terms for the American public. Many U.S. cities are expected to face water shortages in the upcoming decades, so now is the time to start changing habits.


Dear Benjamin D. Inskeep and Shahzeen Z. Attari,

Thank you for working together to write a practical and actionable guide for American households to reduce everyday water waste. Many cities around the country are expected to face water shortages in the coming years, and most Americans have no idea how much water they are actually wasting with routine chores.

Please promote your water conservation guide in uncommon channels, like social media, to broaden your readership base. The more people that read your article, the more likely that households will begin to transform their wasteful practices. I am urging you to stay involved in the the fight for household water conservation to help local communities implement change and adapt the recommendations over time.


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