Water, our most precious resource. It is important that our children grow into responsible adults who can make logical decisions that will result in a sustainable water supply for the future. Teaching children to value and protect their drinking water is an important investment in the future, as well as an excellent way to send a message home to parents: Conservation is everybody's responsibility.
The health and livelihood of Americans depends on the availability of a safe drinking water supply. In some portions of the nation drinking water is a scarce resource, while in other areas abundant water supplies are available. Community water systems now supply drinking water to over 80 percent of the U.S. population. Other citizens drink water from private sources, mostly wells. Increasing water demands from a growing population, economic expansion and increasing use per capita mean that we need to emphasize the wise use, proper management and protection of this resource. (http://www.usawaterquality.org)
Things you can do to save water outside:
WATER YOUR LAWN ONLY WHEN IT NEEDS IT. A good way to see if your lawn needs watering is to step on the grass. It if springs back up when you move, it does not need water.
DEEP SOAK YOUR LAWN. When you do water, do it long enough for the moisture to soak down to the roots where it does the most good.
WATER DURING THE COOL PARTS OF THE DAY. Early morning generally is better than dusk because it helps prevent growth of fungus.
DON'T WATER THE GUTTER. Position your sprinkler so water lands on the lawn, not on paved areas. Also avoid watering on windy days.
PLANT DROUGHT RESISTANT TREES AND PLANTS. May beautiful trees and plants thrive with far less watering than other species.
PUT A LAYER OF MULCH AROUND TREES AND PLANTS. Mulch slows evaporation of moisture and discourages weed growth.
USE A BROOM, NOT A HOSE, TO CLEAN DRIVEWAYS.
DON'T RUN THE HOSE WHILE WASHING YOUR CAR. Clean the car with a pail of soapy water. Use the hose just for rinsing.
CHECK FOR LEAKS IN PIPES, HOSES, FAUCETS, AND COUPLINGS. Leaks outside the house may not seem as bad because they are not as visible. But, they can be just as wasteful as leaks inside.
Remember that a little effort and a little common sense make a big difference.
Things you can do to save water inside:
CHECK YOUR TOILETS FOR LEAKS. Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately.
STOP USING THE TOILET AS AN ASHTRAY OR WASTEBASKET. Every time you flush a cigarette butt, facial tissue or other small bits of trash, you waste five to seven gallons of water.
CHECK FAUCETS AND PIPES FOR LEAKS. Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even the smallest drip from a worn washer can waste 20 or more gallons a day. Larger leaks waste hundreds of gallons.
TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS. Long, hot showers can waste five to ten gallons every unneeded minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rinse off.
INSTALL WATER SAVING SHOWERHEADS OR FLOW RESTRICTORS. Your local hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive water saving showerheads or restrictors that are easy to install.
TURN OFF THE WATER WHILE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH. There is no need to keep water pouring down the drain. Just wet your brush and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.
USE YOUR AUTOMATIC DISHWASHER ONLY FOR FULL LOADS.
USE YOUR WASHING MACHINE ONLY FOR FULL LOADS.