Cyclist Promotes Water Conservation

I hope you’re not tired of me talked about Rob Greenfield, the cyclist who rode across the United States to promote sustainability.  I didn’t know of him until just a couple months ago, but I’ve quickly become impressed and inspired by who he is and what he’s accomplished.

Unless you really dive in and read about how he survived during this bicycle tour across the States, you won’t know just how freaking crazy (in a good way) this dude is.

You can find out more about how and what he ate along the way by checking out his facebook page, but here’s a look at how he conserves water…..and his mission to encourage others to use less.

Rob Greenfield Cycling

Water Conservation

by Rob Greenfield

For five days I lived solely off water from a leaky fire hydrant in Brooklyn. I drank it. I showered in it. I did my laundry in it. I brushed my teeth with it. I timed how long it took to fill a one gallon jug and it was 2 minutes. That means that 720 gallons of water was being wasted each day from this hydrant alone.

A human needs 8 cups or a half gallon of water per day to live. That means this hydrant is wasting a 4 year supply of drinking water for one person EVERY DAY t…hat it is leaking like this. It was leaking all 5 days I was there. which is a 20 year drinking supply.

Not a great use of our resources is it?

In 87 days of living off the grid as I bike across America from San Francisco to New York City I have only used 105 gallons of water. 55 from natural sources such as lakes rivers and rain, 20 from wells, and 30 diverted from waste such as leaky faucets, water bottles on the side of the road, and ice trays at gas stations. I clean myself and wash my clothes in lakes and rivers and the rain. And guess what? You would never know that I don’t take showers because I look and smell good!

According to the USGS the average American uses about 80-100 gallons of water per day. That is what I have used in 80 days!

Nearly 3 months of my life = 1 day of the average Americans life in water consumption!

Think you can’t cut back on your water usage?  Think again!

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  • Eric Hutchins

    Water will be the single be the single biggest issue that faces humanity in the next century. It is a HUGE issue and I hope that enough of us wake up in time to it to be able to make a difference.