Happy Water Day: A few conservation tips

Date: 
03/22/2013
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As spring and summer get many into more activities that can engage more water usage, here are some ideas about how to make the most of water in your day-to-day life: 

  • Consider taking shorter showers.
  • Invest in a low-flow toilet or put a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water used per flush.
  • Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Run dishwashers or laundry machines only when full.
  • Use water left over from cooking for houseplants.
  • Choose landscaping plants with low water requirements. A typical lawn requires regular watering to maintain its “greenness.” Consider reducing your lawn size and replacing turf grass with native plants, shrubs, and trees that generally grow well without a lot of excess watering.
  • Eat foods that require less water to produce. The amount of water used to produce animal products and processed foods like soda and chips far exceeds the amount used for growing vegetables and grains. When grocery shopping, try to buy more whole foods like vegetables that are in season, and a variety of grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
  • Patronize businesses with sound water conservation practices. Many services you enjoy consume water unnecessarily. For instance, find out if any of your local car wash establishments recycle their wash water, and give your business to the one with the best water conservation practices.
  • Carry a refillable water container rather than buying bottled water. Production, transportation, and disposal of bottled water consume large quantities of water (and energy).

While there are still those who are for and against bottle water, here are a few tips about which water and containers to use.

In using tap water, If you detect the taste of chlorine here are some tips:

  • Install an aerator cap on your faucet
  • Use a carbon filter process
  • Put tap water in a bottle, loosen the cap and store in the refrigerator (chlorine gas evaporates after a few hours)

Using bottled water:

  • Make sure the bottled water doesn't become contaminated
  • After opening bottle, store in the refrigerator
  • If your bottle is refillable, clean thoroughly and rinse before refilling
Remember to hydrate regularly....it helps you feel better!
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