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By Beth Doane

We can all agree that water is a pretty important resource but as we go through our day brushing our teeth, cleaning dishes, washing clothes and taking long showers, it’s easy to take our accessibility to clean water for granted.Kauai_WaipiliStreamFinal

To raise awareness every March, organizations around the world celebrate World Water Month and the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the Worlds oceans and 100% of its coastline, is asking citizens across the country to join them in their Every Drop Counts campaign. To join the campaign they ask you to pledge to skip the shower on World Water Day, March 22. A ten-minute shower could waste more than 40 gallons of water. If 25,000 people take the pledge, nearly one million gallons of water will be conserved.EDC-Social-Tip-05

“We all recognize the importance of water, but it’s easy to forget the impact our daily use has on the big picture,” said Dr. Chad Nelsen, Surfrider Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer. “Making small changes can have a big impact on our planet and reduce the amount of pollution flowing into the ocean.”

Taking the pledge can last beyond March 22. In addition to sacrificing your shower on World Water Day, you can also choose to be mindful from this moment forward in an effort to reduce your water footprint for the long term.Ocean Friendly Garden 2

Here are our five simple tips for conserving water every day:

  • Keep your showers to five minutes or less and limit baths.
  • Install low-flow toilets and showerheads.
  • Fix any leaky plumbing. A single leaky toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day.
  • Use trashcans for disposing of trash, not toilets.
  • Don’t waste water outdoors. Make your yard Ocean Friendly.

Water runoff into the oceanBy changing our water habits, we can all protect local water supplies and keep pollution from reaching our ocean. To take the pledge during World Water Month to Skip Your Shower, click here.