Although the cost of water that is delivered to us through the water system is low, the cost to the health of the planet if we all waste it is high. We are not just wasting the water, we are wasting the energy and resources necessary to deliver high-quality water to the tap. Take opportunities everyday to reduce the amount of water you use in the shower. Search the web for low flow showerheads or saving water. Turn off the water when possible while showering, such as when you are shampooing or shaving, and encourage your family to do the same.
GREEN TIP: Tired of waiting for the hot water to heat up so you can shower, and do you feel bad about all that clean water going down the drain? Search the web for hot water demand pump or Chili Pepper recirculation pump. These install easily on a sink that is furthest from your water heater, and with a flick of a switch recirculate the water back through the cold water pipe, bringing hot water where you need it without wasting it. You can even put these pumps on timers so you have instant hot water for your shower when you get up.