The Surfrider Foundation  launched its Every Drop Counts campaign and called on the public to make a pledge to conserve water by going without a shower on March 22, which is World Water Day.

“Our everyday water use at our homes ultimately impacts the ocean waters we swim, surf and play in,” said Surfrider Foundation CEO Chad Nelsen. “Following a drop of water from its origin, through its use and then its disposal into our oceans reveals an expensive, wasteful and often dirty journey.”

Clean water is a resource most people take for granted when they turn on the tap. As a nation experiencing longer periods of drought and extreme weather events, Americans must only use what they need and keep an eye out for leaks and water wasters, according to the foundation.

By making simple changes to daily water habits — reducing, reusing and recycling water — everyone can play a role in maintaining safe and reliable water sources, Nelsen said.

A 10-minute shower could waste more than 40 gallons of water, according to the foundation. The nonprofit organization estimates that if 25,000 people take the pledge to reduce the amount of water they use each day and skip their shower on World Water Day, nearly one million gallons of water will be saved.

On www.surfrider.org, each pledge will be tallied to show the total amount of water to be conserved on World Water Day.

The Surfrider Foundation was founded in 1984 by a handful of surfers in Malibu and counts more than 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide.

City News Service

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