It’s Earth Day 2010. Please take action to protect Planet Earth for the rest of your life. Encourage all of your family members and friends to turn the water off every time they brush their teeth (at least twice a day). Run the water to rinse your mouth.
That’s it. That’s all you have to do to be a Water Warrior and a good environmental citizen.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says, “The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to 8 gallons of water per day, which equals 240 gallons a month!”
Depending on where your water resources come from, turning off the water while brushing your teeth can have a positive impact on springs, rivers, and wetland habitats for wildlife that would otherwise be damaged by water treatment plants. The impacts from taking water out of processing can be lessened in small ways that will positively affect the future of Planet Earth.
Applying this practice will equal a savings of 2,880 gallons of water each year for every individual in the United States who takes this simple step.
This means that you, your family, and your friends can participate in protecting the future of our nation’s limited water supply and your children’s future each time you brush your teeth.
You’ll have a better chance of saving your teeth, too. Flossing and brushing every surface of every tooth and brushing your gums every time you eat are your primary defenses against periodontal disease. Seeing your dentist or periodontist regularly is your next best defense.
As model citizens of Planet Earth, you are the trustees of the little things that will make a big difference and ensure efficient use of our water supply.
It’s easy. Make a conscious effort to turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Each person in each family can use water more efficiently to preserve water supplies for future generations and protect our planet’s environment.