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Water, Water, None to Spare
Posted By E.B. Boyd On April 1, 2009 @ 11:15 am In Green Living, Green Tech, Healthy Home | No Comments
Just when you’d finally gotten a handle on your carbon footprint, along comes a new footprint to master: your water footprint. With the conclusion of the 5th World Water Forum  in Istanbul last month, everyone’s talking about  the new concept of “water neutrality.”
Like being “carbon neutral,” being water neutral means you aim for net zero water consumption. In practice, that means you reduce your water use  as much as possible on the one hand and, on the other, compensate for any use you can’t avoid. To start to get a sense of how much water you use, try this calculator  from the newly created Water Footprint Network.
There’s growing awareness that humans are using up fresh water at unsustainable rates. A recent United Nations report  described growing water scarcities and declared that countries around the world must come up with better ways to manage water resources.
Feeling overwhelmed? Yeah, me too. So remember: you’re allowed to start slow. Choose just one thing and see if you can make it a habit. When you’ve got that down, come back and choose a second step to put into practice.
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URLs in this post:
 5th World Water Forum: http://www.worldwaterforum5.org/
 everyone’s talking about: http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/24/tracking-the-water-footprint/
 reduce your water use: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Water-Conservation-Tips-Toilet-Lid-Sink-FAQ.html
 this calculator: http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=cal/waterfootprintcalculator_indv_ext
 United Nations report: http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2009/03/17/water-scarcity-heavy-economic-human-toll
 Steps you can take – Easy: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10SimpleWaystoConserveWater.html
 low-flow toilet: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Flush-the-Poo-Not-the-Planet.html
 Fix leaky faucets: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Small-Home-Improvements-for-Big-Energy-Savings.html
 compost bin: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/What-Type-of-Composter-Should-You-Use.html
 eat healthy: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Healthy-Eating.html
 H2Oconserve.org: http://www.h2oconserve.org/?page_id=3
 waterfootprint.org: http://www.waterfootprint.org/
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