Water is everywhere. But only three percent of water on earth is fresh water. And only a fraction of that is available for people to use. The National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30, presented by Toyota and the Wyland Foundation, is inviting every person throughout the United States to learn more about this valuable limited resource and take a series of pledges on behalf of your community to use water wisely.


Here are five of the top things you can do to save water on a daily basis:

1) Fix a leak

A leaky faucet that drips at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons a year. A few well-timed leak repairs could save enough water in a year to fill a backyard swimming pool.

2) Reduce outdoor watering

According to the EPA, the typical suburban lawn consumes 10,000 gallons of water above and beyond rainwater each year. Using plants that are best suited to your climate can dramatically reduce irrigation water use.

3) Install water-efficient devices

Many local water agencies offer rebates to significantly offset the initial costs for efficient appliances.

4) Waste less food

Agriculture accounts for more than 70 percent of the ground and surface water we use in the United States or roughly one hundred times more than we use for personal needs. Minimizing food waste not only saves money, it dramatically reduces water used in agriculture.

5) Share information with friends and neighbors

Research has shown when people understand the reasons behind water conservation, they are many times more likely to make lifelong changes in their behavior.

With drought conditions in many parts of the U.S., aging infrastructure, and growing demands for water, using water wisely is one of the single best ways we have to save money, reduce costs for cities, and protect our most valuable ecosystems. Do your part by taking the National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, April 1-30. Visit www.mywaterpledge.com