Next time you make pasta, step back from the faucet. - Grist

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Next time you make pasta, step back from the faucet.

That carbalicious mini farfalle cooks just fine in half or a third of the water most Americans use. If everyone cut back, according to this video from Epicurious, we’d save billions of gallons of water per year.

With a typical family of four using 400 gallons per day, the amount of liquid in your pasta pot may seem like small potatoes (or small gnocchi, rather). And it is. But it’s one of many lifestyle changes — taking shorter showers, using a low-flow toilet, watering your lawn less — that can add up.

Since water shortages may one day put us all in hot water, try putting your pasta in less.