While it’s true that a majority of the world is covered with water, most of that water isn’t usable. Although 70% of the world’s surface is covered by water, 97.5% of that is saltwater. Of the total water resources on earth, only 1% is available for human use. This measly 1% is needed for use by every single living thing on earth. Sadly, even less of that percentage is truly available because of leakage and pollution. In developed countries, leaks are a leading cause of the loss of fresh water resources, while pollution plagues usable water in many developing countries. People use up earth’s fresh water faster than it is naturally replenished, leading to water shortages around the world. Changing habits for a short time isn't enough. In order to fix this problem, people need to make water conservation a way of life. There are many changes that can be made around the house to help minimize water use and lower your water bills, here are some examples. Low-flush toilets and low-flow faucets greatly reduce the amount of water used while performing everyday activities. In addition, ensuring to tightly turn off all taps and faucets helps avoid leaking, which wastes a considerable amount of water. Not running the tap while brushing your teeth or washing the dishes minimizes water use and ensures that you only use the necessary amount. While changing these behaviours will not solve the problem of water shortage, they’re a start that could help to slowly shrink the problem. If people do not become aware of their water usage and take strides to decrease their consumption, the issue of water shortage will continue to increase, becoming even more detrimental.