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Being Conscious About Water Faucets—Turn Off the Tap
Water faucets are another smart place to conserve water. First of all, turn off the water when you don't need it. It's that simple. I don't want to sound too preachy, but, according to UNICEF and the World Health Organization, lack of access to clean drinking water kills about 4,500 children per day. The water won't magically travel from our taps to someone in need, but creating a mind-set of conservation will certainly help. There is absolutely no purpose served by letting water you are not using run down the drain.
As for the water you are using, install low-flow aerators in your faucets. They cost less than a dollar, are so easy to install even I can do it and can reduce your water consumption by up to 50 percent. Also look for ready-made faucets that have maximum flow rates that are 30 percent lower than standard models. Mine's a Moen.