World Water Day is March 22, 2016 and this year’s theme is sustainable management and focuses on how to better care for Earth’s freshwater resources.

For many, access to clean water is very limited. This leads to many problems such as poverty, food poverty, and can cause health issues due to waterborne diseases.

With these simple steps you can help be the solution and contribute to the sustainable management of freshwater.

1. In the bathroom: take shorter showers and turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. A short four minute shower uses nearly 40 gallons of water alone. Save water and shower together!

2. Outside: avoid overwatering your lawn and plant drought-resistant shrubs and plants. Some vegetation is able to live with minimal amounts of watering compared to other plant species. You can also tell when your lawn needs to be watered by simply stepping on it. If it rises up after you step on it, it has plenty of water! If it does need water, try watering plants and shrubs early in the morning. This will reduce water waste by limiting evaporation.

3. Around the house: only use dishwashers and washing machines when you have a full load. If you absolutely need to wash a smaller load, make sure to adjust the water levels accordingly so water isn’t wasted. You can also save water by not pre-rinsing your dishes.

With these three simple solutions, YOU can help make a difference on World Water Day.