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The 7 Best Water Conservation Tips From Our Twitter Chat

In case you missed our live Q&A, here's a rundown of the most important things to know about saving water during a drought

You've got questions, we've got answers! It seems the more we learn about the drought, the more questions arise; that's why we teamed with WaterSense (an EPA program that promotes water conservation) for a live Twitter chat on saving water. Read the entire #DeltaH2OChat, or scroll the highlights below for simple changes you can make to save the planet's most precious resource.

1. Be aware.

Do you leave the water running while you shave? Check your emails while the shower warms up? Flush the toilet more than once? Challenge yourself to be more conscious of your water usage—your habits may surprise you! 

2. Make a switch.

Swapping out old kitchen and bath fixtures for more water-efficient models is a simple (and stylish) change. (Bonus: They might shave money off your water bill, too!) Check with your local water company; many offer free or discounted products to save energy and water.

3. Don't ignore the drought just because you don't live in California.

Increased water demand, climate change and aging water systems mean more than 25 states currently face some form of drought, and more than 37 percent of the United States will be affected by drought at some point this year, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Everyone has to care about conserving water.

4. Test your toilet.

Approximately 13.7 percent of indoor water consumption comes from flushing the loo. Check your toilets for leaks (and your faucets and shower heads, while you're at it) and repair them ASAP. Or consider swapping your old toilet for a new water-efficient model.

5. Make multitasking your friend.

6. Watch those baths.

Filling the tub uses approximately 35 gallons of water; an 8 to 10 minute shower uses about 18 to 20 gallons. If you love baths, consider filling the tub less, or soaking less often.

7. Be the change.

By making a few simple behavioral changes, you'll not just save water; you'll show everyone else how easy it is. Water conservation is a group effort, so we all need to do our part.