Michael Phelps is a multitasker. Even for me like in the morning when I do take a shower I’m brushing my teeth in the shower. The most decorated Olympian in history knows a thing or two about saving time but these days he’s all about saving water.
Water has been such a big part of my life, an important part of my life and you know for me it’s an honor and a pleasure to be able to spread the world that we need to conserve as much as we can. Phelps has partnered with Colgate to promote water conservation through simple everyday techniques like turning off the tap while brushing your teeth.
Did you know that leaving the faucet on while brushing your teeth can waste up to four gallons of water? So please turn the faucet off next time you brush. Four gallons of water, it’s like 64 glasses of water so I mean that right there should be enough where you know you can make that change and cut back on your showers or make sure you’re turning off the water.
With Earth Day around the corner Colgate has created a water activated drain sticker to remind users to conserve. Consumers can also take an online pledge to save water. With 71 percent of the world’s population experiencing moderate to severe water scarcity, at least one month out of the year Phelps says small efforts like this can have a global impact. It’s so easy that everybody can do it so I mean I think that’s a big easy step that we can all take, every single one of us.
These days the father of two is also thinking about future generations.Being able to have a two-year-old now, he’s kind of picking up on every little small thing that we do so it’s fun to teach them things like this early in their life because then it allows them to be able to carry it through the life but also teach other people the importance of conserving water.
It’s just one of many lessons the versatile athlete is passing on. I always have dream plan reach, that’s my motto, have a dream, figure out plan how to get there and reach for it. If you fall short, go back to the drawing board, pick out a different plan and try to get there. I mean anything is possible when I believe that, you know hitting there were so many people that doubted the things that I was doing but I believed that I could do it and I wasn’t gonna stop until I got it done.
Tina Trinh, VOA News, New York.