World Water Day is March 22nd.Think about how vital our water resources are and how much we consume – from personal use to agriculture and manufacturing, everything requires water. Did you know it takes about 1,800 gallons to produce one pound of beef; more than 30,000 gallons for a new car; and about 6.6 billion gallons to run the Marine Corps for a year? That’s how much water we used on our bases and stations in FY15 – enough to fill almost 1,000 Olympic swimming pools.
Only about one percent of the water on our planet is fresh water for human use. For most Americans, water scarcity isn’t a top concern, and many of us take access to water for granted. However, 40 states are expecting water shortages in the next decade, and California, home to four Marine Corps installations, is already feeling the effects of water shortages. In response to the historic drought, BGen Edward Banta, Commanding General, MCIWEST, issued policy in May 2015 to reduce non-mission-critical water use at MCB Camp Pendleton.
Even if you aren’t in California, it’s every Marine and family’s responsibility to use only the water needed. Here are some easy tips to start soaking up the water savings today:
Smart use of water is not only good for our resources, but also for the bottom line. In addition to the energy required to heat, filter, and pressurize water, the Marine Corps spends around $40 million on water-related costs annually.
For more ways to save water, check out these tips from EPA Watersense. You can also test your water sense, calculate how much money smart water use can save you, and teach your children why conserving water is important!
For more money saving tips contact your local Personal Financial Management Program office. The Personal Financial Management Program offers workshops and seminars on more than twenty money management topics. To learn more and find a workshop near you, click here.
Depending on where you live, your energy and water challenges may be different. Here’s what Marine Corps leaders from your region are saying about energy.
By reducing your energy use and eliminating water waste you can help the Marine Corps support more mission critical priorities.
Energy Action Month is the perfect time to develop new energy habits that you can practice year-round. Here are five easy ways to start saving energy and money today.