Clean water is a resource most of us take for granted when we turn on the tap or get in the shower. Unfortunately, we have developed daily habits that waste and pollute this valuable resource. By changing our water habits—reducing, reusing and recycling water—we all can play a role in maintaining safe and sustainable communities, while restoring and protecting our coasts and ocean.

Pledge to conserve water by altering your daily habits on March 22 which is World Water Day.  Every drop counts and pledging from this moment forward to reduce your water footprint can benefit us all.

As the average shower uses 25-50 gallons of water its imperative that we all have a better education surrounding water use, our personal habits and conservation tips.  Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay. Although there are water-saving appliances and water conservation systems such as rain barrels, drip irrigation and on-demand water heaters which are more expensive, the bulk of water saving methods can be achieved at little cost

In preparation for World Water day we present you 5 tips on how to reduce the amount of water you use:

1. Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets and couplings -0Leaks outside the house may not seem as bad since they’re not as visible. But they can be just as wasteful as leaks indoors. Check frequently to keep them drip-free. Use hose washers at spigots and hose connections to eliminate leaks.

2. Don’t water the gutter or sidewalks -Position your sprinklers so water lands on the lawn or garden, not on paved areas. Also, avoid watering on windy days.

3. Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants -Many beautiful shrubs and plants thrive with far less watering than other species. Replace herbaceous perennial borders with native plants. Native plants will use less water and be more resistant to local plant diseases. Consider applying the principles of xeroscape for a low-maintenance, drought resistant yard.

4. Take shorter showers -One way to cut down on water use is to turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.

5. Check faucets and pipes for leaks -A small drip from a worn faucet washer can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Larger leaks can waste hundreds of gallons.

Water conservation comes naturally when everyone in the family is aware of its importance, and parents take the time to teach children some of the simple water-saving methods around the home which can make a big difference.