WISE NOTES FOR CONSUMERS

Take the 40-Gallon Challenge

By Tanya Davis | Published Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is challenging people across the state to reduce their water use by approximately 40 gallons per day.

The 40-Gallon Challenge calls on both residents and businesses to save millions of gallons of water annually and save money on their monthly water bills. The 40-Gallon Challenge allows Texans to compete against other Americans who are taking the challenge in their states.

At the program’s website, www.40gallonchallenge.org, Texans can pledge to adopt water-saving practices and see how many gallons of water they can expect to save.

The website also shows the most popular practices being pledged, the pledged practices that are saving the most water daily and counties and states that are pledging the most daily savings.

The Wise County Extension office encourages Wise County residents to take a few minutes to see how you stack up. You’ll learn how to save water as you take the pledge.

For example, shortening your daily shower by two minutes will save 8 gallons per day. Repairing a leaky faucet will save 15 gallons per day, and replacing an old toilet with a new, low-flush one will save 8 gallons per day.

To start saving water and take the challenge, go to the website and complete the checklist of water-saving practices. The checklist includes both indoor and outdoor water-saving tips.

Less than 1 percent of the Earth’s water is fresh water available for drinking, bathing, cleaning, cooking, manufacturing and growing agricultural crops.

From a global perspective, demands for fresh water will double every 20 years as the world population continues to grow. Saving water is the right thing to do for us and for future generations.

For more information on the 40-Gallon Challenge and how to participate in your county, call the Extension office at 940-627-3341.

Tanya Davis is a Wise County Extension agent.

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