February 14 2014

Take action today to help alleviate the water crisis

The Surfrider Foundation [surfrider.org], a leading non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches, is working with communities, affected states and other agencies to help address the west-coast drought and set a precedent for water conservation and quality nationwide.

“As President Obama prepares to take the stage and confront California’s drought issues today,” says Surfrider Foundation’s Environmental Director Chad Nelsen, “it’s important to recognize that the drought will no longer be the exception, but the rule.  We must shift our thinking and act to conserve and reuse the world’s most valuable resource: water.”

Water efficiency helps decrease the amount of water wasted—meaning less polluted water entering our oceans.

Below are changes you can make in your daily routines to start saving water now, no trips to the hardware store required.

  1. Take shorter showers. A four-minute shower uses approximately 20 to 40 gallons of water.  Using a kitchen timer or stopwatch is an easy way to keep track.
  2. Turn off the tap. Turning off the water while brushing your teeth, and washing your hair, can save you up to 300 gallons of water a month.
  3. Adjust your laundry settings. Washers are the second largest water user in your home. To save water with your current machine, wait to do laundry until you have a full load. If you must wash a smaller load, be sure to adjust its water settings.
  4. Fix the leaks.  Check all water-using appliances, equipment, and other devices for leaks, then fix and monitor them. Leaks can use up to five gallons of water a day.
  5. Plant an Ocean Friendly Garden. Planting plants that are adapted to your region’s climate will require a lot less water and maintenance, and could save you up to half of your household water use. Here is more information about Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Garden program.

Additional tips, Surfrider Foundation programs and ways to get involved, here.

For further information: Katie Ferguson, +1-949-338-0288, kferguson@surfrider.org