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Five Summer Travel Tips for Water-Savvy Wayfarers

Vacationers doing yoga on the beach

Traveling this summer?

Don’t let a leaky faucet or malfunctioning irrigation system run amok when you’re bathing at the beach or hiking the hillside.

Use these five, easy-to-follow summer vacation tips to save money, travel sustainably, and keep your summer travels worry-free.

1. Stop the Leaks

Did you know that a leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than eight gallons of water a day?

Before you leave for your vacation, check your home for leaks. Dripping faucets, running toilets, and loose hoses are all common water-wasting culprits.

2. Water by Number

And if you’re planning to irrigate with an automated system while you’re away, check the Weekly Watering Number and adjust your irrigation controller accordingly.

3. Cover the Pool

If you have a pool, cover it while you’re gone.

A cover can minimize water evaporation, which means you won’t need to top it off when you get back home. As an added bonus, those neighbor kids probably won’t sneak into your pool if they have to go to the effort of pulling the cover off, right?

WaterSense Hotel Challenge4. Find Conservation-Conscious Lodging

Hotels and other lodging businesses account for 15 percent of the water used by all commercial and institutional facilities across the country. Just like seeking out socially-responsible travel tours and free-trade travel bags, you can find hotels at your destination that have committed to using water wisely.

Over 860 hotels in 41 states are a part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense H2Otel Challenge program.

Can’t find an H2Otel Challenge participating hotel at your destination? No matter where you stay, you can save water by reusing your towels and bedding which saves water and energy.

Graphic illustrating amount of water to make one water bottle5. Don’t Forget a Reusable Water Bottle

It’s estimated that it takes 3 liters of water to make one liter of bottled water: two liters to market the bottle and one liter to fill it. And that doesn’t even count the amount of oil it takes to produce the bottle itself.

What. A. Waste.

Save on water and money by bringing your own bottle and refilling it with tap water.

Learn more about bottled versus tap water and what you can do to reduce your lifestyle footprint.

Share Your Water-Savvy Vacation Tips

What do you do to conserve water while on vacation?

Any go-to home preparation tips for summer travelers?

Please share your suggestions below. Happy travels!

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