40 Gallon Challenge

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Water droplet photo by USDA NRCS

Water is a limited resource we all share the responsibility to conserve.

Join the effort across North Carolina to conserve water.  Take the 40 Gallon Challenge!  The 40 Gallon Challenge is a call for residents and businesses to reduce our region’s water use on average by 40 gallons per person, per day.  The challenge began in 2011 as a voluntary campaign to increase water conservation.

The 40 Gallon Challenge encourages people to save a minimum of 40 gallons a day by adopting new water-saving techniques.  The pledge outlines water-saving practices and the daily water-savings you can expect.  You can use the pledge to review the water-saving practices that you or your family may already use.  By pledging new practices, you will see the total daily savings expected for your household.

Drought conditions, population growth and increasing water demands have put added stress on the water supply.  By conserving water, these water demands and the demand for energy-intensive systems that obtain, treat, and distribute water are both decreased.

Reducing water usage at home not only conserves this precious resource, it also helps homeowners keep more money in their wallets.  Saving a minimum of 40 gallons a day for 30 days adds up to more than 1,000 gallons per month.  This is an easy way to document the amount of water saved since most water providers bill in thousand-gallon increments.  In other words, you should see real savings on your water bill if you follow through with your pledge and put to use the recommended water-saving practices.

If you already use some of these practices, thank you for saving water! Do not choose those practices in your pledge.  Since you already implement a water-saving practice, you already benefit from this particular task.  For example, if you are turning off the water when you brush your teeth, then you are already saving up to 8 gallons a day.  Including this on your pledge would not truly reflect water savings that you can see on your future utility bills.

Pledge today to take steps to reduce your water use and help to conserve one of our most precious resources for our county and state.  Make your pledge at 40 Gallon Challenge.

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Photo of Debbie DillionDebbie DillionExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (704) 283-3729 debbie_dillion@ncsu.eduUnion County, North Carolina
Updated on May 6, 2016
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