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Below is a list of Water Facts and Conservation tips, please read them and apply them in your life.

Facts
  • Utah is the nation’s second-driest state, and as such we need to start being serious about conserving and protecting our water.
  • There are approximately 326,000,000 cubic miles of water on the Earth, covering 70% of the Earth’s surface, what percentage is     
    Oceans             97.24%
    Polar Ice     2.15%
    Ground Water  0.61%
    Lakes  0.017%
    Soil  0.005%
    Atmosphere      0.0001%
    Rivers 0.00001%
                                 
  • Only 1% of all the earth’s water is available for drinking water.
  • It is estimated that pollutants are pouring into our water resources at a rate of 500,000 tons per day.
  •  It takes about 1.6 million gallons of fresh water to feed one person in the U.S.A. for one year.
  •  If could easily take between 500-2,000 gallons of water to produce a typical meal in the U.S.A.
  • The total amount of water that can be stored in Utah's surface reservoirs is 7.5 million acre-feet (an acre foot is the amount of water it takes to cover an acre of ground with one foot of water, which is 325,850 gallons).
  • The total amount of water used annually by Utahns is 6.0 million acre-feet
  • What percentage of Utah's water is used for        

Agriculture and irrigation             

87.3% 
Public and Domestic  09.2%
Commercial and Industry

 03.5%

  • How much water does it take to produce one serving of

Corn                   61 gals.
Lettuce  06 gals.
Apples   16 gals.
Tomatoes  03 gals.
Oranges   22 gals.
Watermelon  100 gals.
Potatoes 06.5 gals.
Wheat bread 15 gals.
Milk 65 gals.
Cola soft drink 10 gals.
Steak 2,607 gals.
Pork 408 gals.
Chicken 408 gals.
Eggs (2) 136 gals.
Typical breakfast 209 gals.
Typical lunch 1,427 gals.
Typical dinner 2,897 gals.

  • How much water do we use for

Washing dishes      15-60 gals. 
Washing clothes   30 gals.
Cooking  10 gals.
Toilets (per flush)  4-7 gals.
Washing the car  100 gals.
Watering the lawn  180 gals.
Dripping faucet .04 gals.

Conservation Tips

  • Inside your house, bathroom facilities claim nearly 75% of the water used.
  • Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it such as watering a plant or garden.
  • Repair dripping faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 2,700 gals of water a year!
  • Take shorter showers; replace your showerhead with a low flow unit.
  • Operate automatic dishwaters and clothes washers only when they are fully loaded.
  • Store drinking water in the refrigerator. Don't let the tap run while you wait for cool water.
  • Defrost food in the refrigerator, not under running water.
  • Don't use the toilet as a waste basket.
  • Don't water your lawn in the afternoon. Water before 10:00 a.m. or after 6:00 p.m. when the wind is not blowing.
  • If you sprinklers are on a timer, turn them off if it is raining.
  • Check your irrigation system often for breaks or poor sprinkler head coverage. Don't water the cement. It won't grow no matter how often you water it.
  • Keep your mower blade sharp. A sharp blade makes a clean cut and the grass will not go into shock.
  • Mow your lawn frequently, at a height of 2 1/2" to improve tolerance of hot, dry conditions.
  • Accept a less than lush lawn, grass will naturally go dormant during periods of drought, but will readily regenerate when water becomes available. 

Are you using more water than you thought?

You may have been surprised at how much water you were using, and how much water can be saved by doing your part. Remember we are all in this togther. Just because someone else may be paying for the water you are using, we all still need to conserve it. After all it is our most valuable resource.

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