According to the Emirates Wildlife Society and the World Wide Fund for Nature (EWS-WWF), part of the reason the UAE has the highest per capita ecological footprint in the world is because almost 100 percent of the country's drinking water is desalinated. The groups have jointly launched the Heroes of the UAE water-saving campaign, which offers the following tips for reducing waste: 1. Turn taps off - running taps while brushing teeth, shaving or washing dishes wastes 34 litres/person/day.
2. Take a shower, not a bath - taking a bath instead of a five-minute shower wastes 38 litres of water. 3. Use a bucket and sponge - washing a car using a hose instead of a bucket and sponge wastes 180 litres.