03/22/2012 11:51 am ET Updated Mar 22, 2012

World Water Day 2012: Shocking Ways You Waste Water Every Day

Thursday is World Water Day, a global event established by the United Nations in 1992 to promote international water awareness. Since then, the movement has taken off, with many people working to conserve water by making small changes to their lives on a daily basis: they use refillable water bottles, turn off the tap when they aren't using it, and take showers instead of baths.

These efforts are certainly noble, but what about how we accidentally contribute to water waste? Here are a few shocking ways you might be overusing water without even realizing it.

Shocking Ways You Waste Water Every Day