In this country, on average, we each use 99 gallons of water per day directly in our homes for cooking, cleaning, bathing, and watering our gardens and yards. Yet, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Our real water use comes in the way of water embedded in the food, clothing, energy, products and services we consume each day. On average, each of us uses over 2,000 gallons per day, or 750,000 gallons per year in embedded water—our water footprints. Here are a dozen steps you can take to reduce your direct water use and your larger water footprint. To learn more, see Taking on Water: How One Water Expert Confronted Her Inner Hypocrite, Reduced Her Water Footprint (without Sacrificing a Toasty Shower), and Found Nirvana, available wherever books are sold.