What is the 40 Gallon Challenge?
The 40 Gallon Challenge is a call for residents and businesses to reduce our region's water use on average by 40 gallons per person, per day. The challenge began in 2011 as a voluntary campaign to increase water conservation.
The 40 Gallon Challenge encourages people to save a minimum of 40 gallons a day by adopting new water-saving techniques. The pledge card outlines water-saving practices and the daily water-savings to expect. You can use the pledge to review the water-saving practices that you or your family currently puts to use. By pledging new practices, you will see the total daily savings expected for your household.
The 40 Gallon Challenge also provides maps and charts to see pledge activities in your state and across the United States.
Why should I conserve water?
Drought conditions, population growth and increasing water demands has put added stress on the water supply. By conserving water, these water demands and the demand for energy-intensive systems that obtain, treat, and distribute water are both decreased.
Why should I pledge to save at least 40 gallons?
Reducing water usage at home not only saves this precious resource, it also helps homeowners keep more money in their wallets. Saving a minimum of 40 gallons a day for 30 days adds up to more than 1,000 gallons per month. This is an easy way to document the amount of water saved since most water providers bill in thousand-gallon increments. In other words, you should see real savings on your water bill if you follow through with your pledge and put to use the recommended water-saving practices.
What if I am already using some of these water-saving practices?
First, thank you for conserving water! If you already use some of these practices, do not choose them in your pledge. Since you already implement a water-saving technique you already benefit from this particular task. For instance, if you are turning off the water when you brush your teeth, then you are already saving up to 8 gallons a day. Including this on your pledge would not truly give you water savings that you can see on your future utility bills.
What can I learn from the 40 Gallon Challenge maps and charts?
The 40 Gallon Challenge maps are a quick way to assess participation of each state and county in the challenge. States and counties are highlighted based on how many gallons their citizens have pledged .The 40 Gallon Challenge charts show the most popular practices being pledged, the pledged practices that are saving the most water daily, and counties that are pledging the most daily savings.
Where can I get more information about conserving water?
Your local Cooperative Extension office or water supplier can provide more information about water conservation and usage in your area. For general information on water-saving techniques, see the following websites:
- Alabama Cooperative Extension System Water Program
- Alabama Clean Water Partnership
- ADECA Office of Water Resources
- Arkansas Water Sustainability
- Arkansas Water Sustainability: 40 Gallon Challenge
- University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Soil and Water Management
- Georgia Water Council
- Georgia Water Wise Council
- Conserve Water Georgia
- Georgia's State Water Plan
- Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
- Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD)
- Save Water NC
- North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources: Water Conservation
- NCSU Office of Sustainability
- Water-wise Works! Landscape Management of Water Savings (PDF)
For more information about Cooperative Extension in your state, visit eXtension.org.
Who can I contact for more information about the 40 Gallon Challenge?
Alabama Cooperative Extension
101 Funchess Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
Program Technician - Discovery Farms
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR 72204
UGA Center for Urban Agriculture
1109 Experiment St.
Griffin GA, 30223-1797
Extension 4-H Specialist
350 Rock Eagle Road
Eatonton, GA 31024
Cherokee County Agent
UGA Cooperative Extension
100 North Street
Canton, GA 30114-2779
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
N122 Ag Science North
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Mississippi River Research Center
Center for Ecology & Natural Resources
1000 ASU Dr. No. 209
Lorman, MS 39096-7500
NC State University
128 Kilgore Hall
Campus Box 7609
Raleigh, NC 27695
Oklahoma State University
205 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences
370 Olsen Blvd.
354 Heep Center College Station
This project has been funded by the Southern Region Water Program and coordinated by the Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture and the Southern Region Drinking Water and Rural-Urban Interface Education Program Team.
Are marketing materials available for the challenge?
Yes. Download this display, poster, bookmark, and sticker promoting the 40 Gallon Challenge. Add your logos, get them printed, and distribute them. They will help drive traffic to the web site. Feel free to modify our press release and send it to your local papers.
If you are promoting on behalf of the University of Georgia, download the UGA branded marketing materials.