Water is everywhere in and around Florida,
but only a very small portion of it is drinkable.

Every drop of water you use takes water out of the public supply, so it’s important to use only what you need.

Taking simple steps to save water in your daily activities can add up to a significant number of gallons of water conserved. And water conservation is a key link between balancing our current and future water needs.

Remember, every drop of water counts. For instance, if each of the approximately 40,000 students at the University of South Florida saved just 10 gallons a day, it would add up to 400,000 gallons per day, or 146 million gallons per year!

OK, so what can you do to get involved?

Take our pledge and learn more about the many ways you can save water. If you would like to pledge to save water on campus and at home, please print and complete the pledge and drop it off at the Every Drop Counts! booth on February 23 during the Bull Market. You will receive a free Every Drop Counts! Frisbee (while supplies last).

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We all use water in ways we don’t realize. How much water does it take to make stuff, to grow/produce/process?

A loaf of bread = 150 gallons.

A barrel of beer = 1,500 gallons.

A serving of French fries = 6 gallons.

A watermelon = 150 gallons.

A chicken = 400 gallons.

An egg = 150 gallons.

A car, including tires = 39,000 gallons.

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Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

How much water do YOU use?

Try the Water Use Calculator and find out how you can decrease your water use by 10%.

 

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“Don’t Let the Water Run” video runs away with first place!

Corey W. Horton, a senior at the University of South Florida, placed first in the Every Drop Counts! video competition presented by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (District). Horton's 30-second video, "Don't Let the Water Run," is a comical interpretation of the consequences of over-using water. "I think water conservation is extremely important as it is a resource that is taken for granted," says Horton.

Here are some facts about water you might not know:

  • 75% of the earth is covered with water
  • 97% of the earth's water is salt water
  • 2% of the earth's water is frozen and cannot be used
  • Less than 1% of the earth's water is suitable for drinking water
  • Typically, we get 60%-65% of our rainfall between June and September, but lose nearly three-fourths to evaporation
  • It is estimated that each person in our region uses approximately 111 gallons of water each day




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