#TheDroughtIsReal Challenge: What Are You Doing to Save Water?

In light of the conversation revolving around Jason’s assertion that—while the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has been a wildly successful campaign, garnering the ALS Association over $94M in donations since July—celebrating water waste (especially in drought-stricken Southern California) may not be the best way to spread awareness, I’ve volunteered to “put my money where our mouth is” and save over 1,800 gallons of water per year by buzzing my head.

How did I get 1,800 gallons of water?

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the average shower head uses between 2-2.5 gallons of water a minute. I multiplied this number by the time I spent washing my hair (about 5 minutes). Since I don’t wash my hair everyday (I usually wash it every other day), I then multiplied it by half a year, which is 182.5 days. That’s how I came to my 1,800 gallons, well it’s actually 1,825, but since this is an approximation I rounded down. I may use a bit more or less than this.

What does that 1,800 gallons of water look like in perspective?

  • 500 toilet flushes
  • 28,800 glasses of water
  • 8 kiddie pools full to the brim of water
  • 180 dishwasher loads
  • 45 loads of laundry

I feel it is also important to note that the drought affects more than just us Californians. California is still the number one farming state in the nation. This means if our state continues to get drier, the price of farm goods that are produced in California, such as tomatoes and milk, will start to increase across the nation.

So let’s start a new challenge: show us what you’re doing to conserve water. Are you digging up your lawn? Fixing leaky faucets around your house? Would you shave your head to shave a few minutes off your shower time?

Send us your videos, pictures or stories, and share with us the ways you’re conserving water during the worst drought in California history. You can comment on this story, or tag us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Don’t forget, #TheDroughtIsReal.

To learn more ways to save water (and money!), click here.

To donate to the ALS Association (without wasting a drop of water), click here

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