"It's time to ask ourselves every time we go to use water, 'Is this a good use of our friend?'"
Water is essential to all our lives.
We use it to cook, clean, drink, and just ... live. Water keeps us alive! It keeps us washed! It keeps us, well, us! In other words, water is our friend — one of our best friends.
A new PSA from the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles narrated by Steve Carell walks through some of the ways we're a bit wasteful with water, and how to change that.
For being so important, we sure waste a lot of water.
Leaky faucets, long showers, and watered lawns add up to a lot of wasted water.
The mayor's office released a list of tips to reduce water use inside the home.
It includes simple tips like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth and shaving, cleaning your driveway with a broom instead of a hose, and only washing full loads of laundry.
Taking shorter showers and using a water-efficient showerhead is another quick tip to save on water.
It turns out that fixing a leaky faucet can save up to 300 gallons of water per month, and high-efficiency faucet aerators can cut water use from sinks by up 75%.
For those with yards, outdoor water use makes up roughly half of all residential water consumption.
Pool owners are encouraged to use a pool cover to stop thousands of gallons of water from evaporating. Same goes for using weather-based sprinkler controllers for watering yards.
And finally, California residents can embrace natural, native-to-the state yards. Kentucky bluegrass isn't necessarily suited for California (more, you know, to Kentucky).
Whether you're enduring the California drought or you're just taking a look at what you can do to help conserve water, the tips found at savethedropla.org are really useful.
Watch the SaveTheDropLA PSA below and take a look at what you can do to conserve water.
The video is also available in Spanish.