What Matters Most
Here are the top 10 things you can do that will make the biggest difference in the area of water:
- Reduce the amount of outdoor watering you do or find alternatives (drip irrigation for plants, reduce the size of your lawn, plant native plants).
- Use organic fertilizer on your lawn.
- Install porous surfaces outside instead of pavement.
- When disposing of anything into your drains, consider its impact on our watersheds. Use calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) to deice your sidewalks and driveways (For more information on proper cold weather practices and other storm water tips check out the Clinton River Watershed Coucil- CRWC-website). Try to recycle, compost or take to SOCCRA's hazardous waste site. Pick up after your dogs.
- Check your home's water meter for leaks. Leaks from a toilet bowl alone can use up to 200 gallons of water a day.
- Think about how you can reuse water (gray water, rain barrel, uses for furnace humidifier water, hot water recirculation, use water collected from your shower to flush your toilet or water plants).
- Make sure you have low-flush toilets and low-flow showerheads and faucets.
- Do not purchase bottled water. Buy a Brita or Pur filter instead.
- Don't run your washing machine, dishwasher, etc. on rainy days.
- Don't leave water running while washing dishes, brushing teeth, shaving, etc.
Did You Know...
- Although 70% of the earth's surface is covered with water, 97.5% is salt water and 2.5% fresh water, with less than 1% readily available for global human consumption. (source:Global Green)
- 1.2 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water (almost 1 in 5), and 2.4 billion lack proper sanitation facilities. (source:DiCaprio site)
- Out of 191 nations in the world, 10 nations share 65% of the world's annual water resources. (source:Global Green)
- The average household uses 350 gallons of water per day, and, depending on the region, 20-60% of this use occurs outside. (source: American Water Works Association)
- Leaks account for, on average, 14% of water use. (source: American Water Works Association)
More Great Sites
There is an abundance of water-related material on the web. Here are some sites we'd highly recommend:
...And here are some videos: