What is our most precious resource? Most people would say oil or gold, but they’re wrong. You can’t grow food with oil, and we don’t need gold to live.
Water is our most precious resource. Since 70% of our planet is water, it may seem like there’s a lot of it to go around. However, only 3% of that is freshwater, which is what we use to farm, drink, and bathe.
Around 1.2 billion people are already facing a shortage of freshwater. By the year 2025, this number is expected to increase to 1.8 billion. The problem is getting worse because of overpopulation, climate change, and people simply wasting water. For example, the US Environmental Protection Agency says that one trillion gallons are wasted every year by leaking faucets. That’s enough water for 24 billion baths.
It’s clear we all have a role to play in fixing the problem. The good news is it’s not too hard. Try showering for one minute less and you’ll save 150 gallons of water every month. Turning the water off when you brush your teeth will also save four gallons a minute.