The World Bank reports that 80 countries now have water shortages that threaten health and economies while 40% of the world — more than 2 billion people — have no access to clean water or sanitation. At the same time, U.S. states have been fighting over the Colorado River's limited water resources that in the last two decades have been diverted to feed the unsatiated thirst of McMansions and green lawns in desert communicates popping up in southern California and Nevada. To help solve the problem--short of teaching people that McMansions and the creation of fake environments is selfish and uncool-- each of us should do their part to conserve water. For the next 20 days, the Green Tip of the Day will focus on ways each of us can consciously conserve water.
Use a shower bucket: Don’t let water go down the drain as you heat up your shower. Stick a bucket under the faucet and use it in other ways, like watering plants.