Now that you know your water footprint and how to shrink it, do you want to dive deeper? The world of water is diverse and there are many organizations dedicated to helping us all become better water stewards.
The Best Water Websites
Here is just a sampling of groups working to protect water and encourage wise water use.
- Water Footprint Network
A global network that drives innovation and inspires change to share fresh water fairly to sustain thriving communities and nature’s diversity. The site contains tools, research and data.
- Change the Course
This campaign brings together the public, corporations and conservation organizations to raise awareness about freshwater, reduce water footprints and restore flows and health to vital freshwater ecosystems.
- Waterkeeper Alliance
This alliance of more than 300 organizations and affiliates strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water.
- River Network
A national organization that empowers and unites people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life.
- National Geographic – The Hidden Water We Use
An interactive infographic that helps you find out how much water it takes to grow the food you eat and the things you buy and use, and why it’s important not to waste water.
- The Nature Conservancy
The leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
- Water Use it Wisely: Links and Resources
An exhaustive list of water conservation and efficiency resources, designed to help you reduce your direct water use.
- Water Use it Wisely 100 Ways to Conserve
A listing of over 100 ways to save water that you can download, print or share on social media.
- Where Your Water Goes
A chart from Denver Water that will help you find out how much water the fixtures and appliances around your house use.
- EPA Start Saving
A listing of simple steps and informational tools that will help you calculate your water savings, and you can take a pledge to save.
- Alliance for Water Efficiency
A North American advocate for water efficient products, programs, information and assistance on water conservation efforts.
- Water Environment Federation: The Value of Water
A website filled with tools and resources that support efforts to educate and inform consumers, public officials, decision-makers and stakeholders about the value and importance of water.
- HydroViz: Energy-Water Nexus
This module introduces students to the Energy-Water Nexus and analyzes stresses on water systems under different scenarios of current and future energy demands.
- Feeding Ourselves Thirsty
In this report, Ceres ranks over 40 of the largest food companies on their response to water risks and how their performance has shifted since the first round of benchmarking.
- American Water Works Association: How Water Works
This downloadable series illustrates the processes, equipment and technology of water supply and wastewater treatment systems.
- American Water Works Association: Drink Tap
This AWWA website is filled with information that can help you stay informed about your water.
- American Water Works Association: Drip Calculator
Among the useful tools and information on the DrinkTap site, AWWA has a drip calculator that can help determine how much water is being wasted from a dripping faucet.
- El Centro Comunitario por el Agua
A catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
- Dropcountr’s Water Resources for Spanish Speakers
This is helpful list of links to water footprint and conservation information for Spanish speakers.
- LA Times: Food Plate
This graphical representation of a plate of food illustrates how much direct and virtual water it took to produce the food.
- Water Leaves a ‘Footprint’ in Our Food; Here’s How it Works
Knowing how much water it takes to grow and produce food is crucial in times of drought. This LA Times article explains why.
- Your Contribution to the California Drought
California farmers produce more than a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts and they consume a lot of water in the process.
- Water Stewardship Toolbox
This site helps you find the latest tools, guidance, case studies and data sets that are most relevant to your water work or interests.
- Sonoma Water Education Forum
This program utilizes a multifaceted approach to help students learn the value of water as an important natural resource. The programs are free and aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
- The Water Question
The Las Vegas Review-Journal takes a long hard look at the strained relationship between Nevada and Colorado River water in this 10-part series.
- One Water for America State Policymakers’ Toolkit
This toolkit was developed by the US Water Alliance, the
Council of State Governments and the National Governors
Association to help advance innovative solutions to the complex and challenging problems in water.
- Know Your New York Water
This website provides information about the quality of New York’s public drinking water and our rivers, lakes and streams.