What if all of the world's water could be collected into a single drop?  According to this gif from General Electric, that drop would measure 950 miles in diameter.  That's one big drop!  But consider the fact that only three percent of that water is fresh and of that portion, only about one-third is easily accessible.  It's no wonder then that so much fuss is being made about the need to conserve and protect the world's water supply.

With Earth Day right around the corner, it's a good time to reassess your family's water use - and the ways in which you could all scale it back a little.  Check out these tips for conserving water:

  1. Take shorter showers.
  2. Turn off the tap (when you wash, brush, or shave)
  3. Don't wash laundry until you have a full load.
  4. Don't use your toilet as a trash can.
  5. Speaking of the toilet, if it's yellow...
  6. Be judicious about lawn and plant watering.
  7. Use mulch in your garden and flower beds.
  8. Look for leaks - and fix them if necessary.
  9. Don't defrost frozens in runing water.
  10. When it's time for new appliances - look for water-saving models.

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