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10 Facts About Wasted Water

First Posted: 07-30-08 02:24 PM   |   Updated: 08- 7-08 05:12 AM

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As the globe's temperature rises and the earth's weather patterns go haywire, water is quickly becoming a hot topic in the US and elsewhere. Floods are sweeping through new areas, while others are drying out faster than ever. We've long had the luxury of holding a cavalier attitude about the water we use, and more often than not that attitude has led us to unnecessary waste and pollution of our water.

Surprising facts on wasted water:

1. Americans now use 127 percent more water than we did in 1950.

2. About 95 percent of the water entering our homes goes down the drain.

3. Running the tap while brushing your teeth can waste 4 gallons of water.

4. Older toilets can use 3 gallons of clean water with every flush, while new toilets use as little as 1 gallon.

Read the 10 facts about the water we waste.

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