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  • today I'm in Colorado, a state that could see more snow than Alaska standing here in the banks of this frozen reservoir.

  • It's easy to understand why water seems like a limitless resource, but the fact is, in the United States we could face a national water shortage in a little more than 50 years.

  • Colorado needs to save every drop it gets in Colorado College, which has been ranked first for water conservation among 280 colleges and universities, is leading the way.

  • Our water largely comes from the other side of the Continental Divide.

  • We're bringing it through tunnels that air miles long through the mountains, into reservoirs and then either into rivers or pipelines.

  • That's something that a lot of our students have never actually thought about before.

  • So how are you managing water here?

  • We've reduced water usage by 38% which is a pretty big drop.

  • I think it's the biggest in the country, actually, multiple different ways.

  • The fixtures, low flow shower heads in our residence halls and low flow toilets, things that aren't shiny, flashy, exciting things, but Azawi at all of those together.

  • They start to have a really big impact and then just efficiencies.

  • You know, there's there's a lot of technical projects that we've done.

  • One of the projects that have saved a lot of water is the cooling system for our central heating plant.

  • Way closed the loop on that.

  • That saved us about three million gallons of water a year.

  • There are many lessons we can learn from Colorado College.

  • I'm here in the colleges ICO home with a family of students who are learning more about being water wise.

  • Talk to me a little bit about synergy, your relationship toe water.

  • Here it's energy.

  • We do use gray water when we shower.

  • We have, like a five gallon bucket below us that we kind of just let fill up while we're showering.

  • And then we use that to, like flush the toilet.

  • So about half of our indoor water use is spent in bathrooms with showers is the major drain on average American families.

  • He's more than 300 gallons of water every day.

  • Yeah, right.

  • And many of us still rinse our dirty dishes under a running faucet before loading them into the dishwasher.

  • This is a huge waste of water because you actually need the dishes to be dirty as the enzymes and the detergent latch onto food particles toe work effectively.

  • And it's these actions that could help avert America's looming water crisis, giving the next generation a better chance of never having to see AH, water shortage er.

today I'm in Colorado, a state that could see more snow than Alaska standing here in the banks of this frozen reservoir.

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How to Conserve Water | National Geographic

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/23
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