We’re committed to strengthening our communities, which means improving our own sustainability efforts and empowering those around us to do the same. That’s why, in honor of Earth Month, we’re sharing one tip a week to help us all be a little more green. Coming off of World Water Day, this week we’ll focus on how to decrease our water usage.
At Adobe, water conservation has always been important to us, but it’s especially crucial right now as California experiences what some consider to be one of the worst droughts in 500 years.
Since 2000, we’ve implemented measures to reduce water consumption in our buildings by 62%, including the installation of low-flow faucets, waterless urinals, drought-resistant native plants and drip-irrigation systems. Recently, we turned off our San Jose outdoor water fountains to help improve local water flow. Looking forward, we’re now evaluating ways we can increase our water recycling, recapture rain water, reclaim our own waste water, and use recycled water from the cities where we operate.
To make real impact, we need to increase awareness and encourage action. According to the EPA, fixing household leaks could save the average American family 10,000+ gallons of water per year, which is the equivalent of more than 270 loads of laundry. Perhaps fixing that leaky faucet has suddenly moved to the top of your to-do list? Whether you own or rent, it’s a good idea to check your plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems once a year, repair leaks as they occur, and replace old fixtures with new water-saving ones.
What are your favorite water conservation tips? Share them on your social channels using #EarthMonth. Take pictures and videos demonstrating how you’re conserving water. Tell your friends and family to get involved, too. After all, water is the basis of all life on Earth.