With a rising global population and scarcity of natural resources shortly among us, it is time for the world to adopt conservation habits to preserve Earth’s most precious resource pertinent to the survival of humanity, water. An interesting fact about America is that the U.S. is the 3rd largest country in terms of total population, while comprising of 4.5 percent of the world population. Another intriguing fact about America is that the U.S. is the leading country in daily water usage exceeding 43 billion gallons per day. A recent government survey is anticipating at least 36 states to have local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013. In efforts to inform and change this statistic, Earth911.com recently published an article informing its readers about water conservation, along with efficient ways households are able to conserve 27,412 gallons of water per year. According to the article, bathrooms are the number one area where water efficiency needs to be utilized. With the toilet consuming the majority of water in the average home, upgrading to a WaterSense-labeled toilet will reduce water usage by 20 percent, saving approximately 4,000 gallons of water per year. Investing in low-flow shower heads potentially may save 8,212 gallons of water a year. New water efficient showerheads reduce water flow up to a half gallon a minute, while still providing the typical strength and pressure feeling high-flow showerheads have. With the average faucet flowing at the rate of two gallons per minute, by simply turning off the tap when brushing teeth or washing your face has the potential to save tremendously. According to the EPA, turning off your faucet during your morning and nightly routine has the potential of saving 8 gallons a day, which is approximately 2,920 gallons per year. Out of the bathroom, fixing leaks to old appliances and faucets may save a household 10,000 gallons per year. Low water efficient washing machines typically swallow 41 gallons per load, while the average dishwasher consumes 9-12 gallons per cycle. If households waited until there were full loads of laundry or dishes before starting cycles, this new habit has the potential to save 5,200 gallons of water per year. Households who upgrade to high efficiency clothes washers may save 30 to 50 percent in water usage, which is another 5,000 gallons per year. SA Recycling is doing their part to help reduce their water usage by recycling and storing storm water at their yards for later use. Also, SA Recycling offers a removal service of any old appliances your household may have. For further information on SA Recycling’s removal service visit www.gotscrap.com or call at 1-800-GOT-SCRAP (1-800-468-7272).