Good Life Goal 6 as smiley with the title "SAVE WATER"

The Good Life Goals (GLG) translate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) into individual actions. In short, they tell you how you can act more sustainable every day. This is an important step to make sustainability a real peoples movement. Goal 6 explains how you can "SAVE WATER".

Goal 6 "SAVE WATER" asks for the following actions:

1) Learn why clean water matters
2) Don’t flush any trash or toxic chemicals
3) Report and fix leaks – big or small
4) Save water when brushing your teeth, washing and cleaning
5) Defend people’s right to clean water and a toilet

It is linked to SDG 6 "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all."

On GLG 6.1: A first step to learn about the importance and availability of water worldwide is to take a look at the United Nations World Water Development Report 4. Volume 1: Managing Water under Uncertainty and Risk 2012 (available online). Also The Water Project ( provides you with information about why clean water and saving water is relevant for society. Above that, you can inform yourself about your local water situation at the local/city government as well as at national non-governmental organizations focussing on the environment.

On GLG 6.2: Don’t flush any trash or toxic chemicals. Flushing chemicals means that the chemicals to be in your communities waste water and, especially if there is no or limited waste water treatment, they also are in the water that you use for growing food, for washing, for cooking and drinking. So be aware that the chemicals and elements of the trash that you would flush in the toilet will come back to you!

On GLG 6.3: When you live in areas of great water scarcity, it is even more important to avoid the loss of water through leaks. Be attentive to signs of leaking water (e.g. check your water meter in a time when you don't use water to see if it detects water usage) and fix the small ones if you can repair them yourself. If you don't feel skilled enough to fix them, stay away and call an expert. In order to be able to react faster when you detect a leak, be informed yourself about the responsible experts in your area.

On GLG 6.4: Saving water can be really easy and it is saving you money anyway. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth and when you soap yourself. Save water when washing your clothes, e.g. by using modern and efficient washing machines, by only washing full loads. Consider a dual flush toilet to adjust the used amount of water to your needs. If you have one, prefer the dishwasher over washing your dishes by hand. Check out the internet if you want to learn about more water saving tips.

On GLG 6.5: There are different ways to support the right to clean water. Advocate for public water management and treatment, for strict regulations for company's waste water, for minimum use of pesticides and chemicals in agriculture, for public waste management so that waste doesn't end up in the nature or in rivers, for public education about water saving and the importance of sanitation facilities. Cast your vote for people who support everyone's right for clean water and sanitation.

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