Water Conservation

You probably don't think much about water, even though you use it every day. There's a lot of water on our planet, but we can only use a small amount of it. Water covers about 70 percent of the earth, but only about three percent of it is fresh water. Most of the fresh water, about 75 percent, is in the form of ice. In fact, the frozen areas of the world have as much fresh water as all of the world's rivers will carry for the next 1,000 years. The demand for unpolluted fresh water is increasing because the earth's population is increasing.

How Much Water Does the Average Person Use?

Here are a few statistics about water use in your home:
  • In the home, each person uses about 70 gallons of water a day.
  • It takes three gallons to flush a toilet.
  • It takes 15 to 30 gallons to take a bath.
  • It takes five gallons for a one-minute shower.
  • It takes 10 gallons to wash dishes.
This is a lot of water, but more than half of the water used in the United States is used by industries. For example, it takes 250 tons of water to make a ton of newspaper and 10 gallons to produce one gallon of gasoline. Given these facts, it’s understandable why it’s so important to conserve water.

Sharing Waters

Anglers and boaters are not the only ones who use bodies of water and have an effect on fish populations. Industries and power plants use large amounts of water. Communities need water for drinking. Farmers use it to water their crops and livestock. Barges and ships use waterways to bring products to market. Water is also used for waste disposal. The demands for water use can cause conflicts among those using available resources.

Water Efficiency Rebate Program

The Metropolitan Council, through funding from the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment, has awarded White Bear Township a water efficiency grant. The goal of the Water Efficiency Grant Program is to improve municipal water use. This grant funding has enabled White Bear Township to provide a Water Efficiency Rebate to current water customers who replace existing devices with specified water efficient products through June 30, 2017 or until funds are depleted.