Friday, May 5, 2017

Drinking Water Awareness Week

Are you a water-waster? Although 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, our water supply is actually very limited. 97% of Earth’s water is salt water or unusable and 2% is permanently frozen, leaving only 1% available for human needs. It is up to us to conserve what is left. May 7 - 13, 2017 is the American Water Works Association’s annual Drinking Water Awareness Week, which is a perfect opportunity to recognize the importance of water. This year’s local focus is water conservation; here are a few tips:

In the kitchen:
·         Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool.
·         If washing dishes by hand, plug the sink or use a wash basin instead of running water the entire time.
·         Scrape your plate instead of rinsing it before loading it into the dishwasher. Not rinsing dishes prior to loading the dishwasher can save up to 10 gallons of water per load.
·         Run the dishwasher only when it’s full.
·         Try composting instead of using the garbage disposal.
In the bathroom:
·         Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth or shaving. This alone can save a household more than 200 gallons of water per month.
·         Install a water-saving shower head.
·         Take a 5 minute shower instead of an 8 minute shower. This can save 7 gallons of water with EVERY shower.
·         Fix leaky appliances. Check for a toilet tank leak by adding a drop of food coloring to the tank. If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 10 minutes. Make sure to flush immediately after this experiment to avoid staining the tank.
In the laundry room:
·         Wash only full loads of laundry or use the appropriate water level or load size selection on the washing machine.
·         The next time you purchase a washing machine, try a water-saving model.
·         Use a commercial car wash that recycles water.
·         Collect rainwater to re-use for irrigation and watering.
·         Only water the lawn or garden when rainfall isn’t enough. In general, lawns only need up to one inch of water per week, including rainfall. Shrubs, trees and other perennials need even less.
It is up to us to conserve our water supplies. By making these tips every day habits, you can make a difference.

“Water: To know it is to love it.”