Earth Gauge Tip of the Week — National Water Quality Month

| 8/6/2012 9:57:53 AM


Did you know that you can protect water quality just by limiting your water use?  Water conservation puts less stress on our drinking water supplies and diverts less water for municipal use - this helps preserve stream flow and maintain healthy aquatic environments.  Efficient outdoor water use also reduces the amount of pollutants reaching groundwater supplies and running off into storm drains.

Viewer Tip:  August is National Water Quality Month.  Give these tips a try to save water at home and protect water quality:

  • Don't over-water your lawn.  Over-watering can increase the flow of fertilizers deep into soils and eventually groundwater grass footprintsupplies, which are an important drinking water source.  Walk on your lawn to find out if it is thirsty - if your footprints remain, it is time to water.
  • Shorten showers.  Shortening your shower by two minutes each day can save five gallons of water - that's 35 gallons in a week.
  • Use rain barrels.  Rain barrels are a great way to catch rain water running off of your roof.  You can use the water collected to water plants or wash windows and cars.

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(Sources:  EPA, “Nutrient Pollution." Image courtesy of Southwest Florida Water Management District.)

8/13/2012 10:49:47 PM

If I collect rain water like a man in Oregon, I might have to go to jail for 30 days. Environmental wackos turned this guy in to the water police because he was stealing water from going into river/reservoir.

8/13/2012 10:34:12 PM

You could add a lot more suggestions to this list of simple tips for saving water! We collect our shower water when we're running it to get hot in the winter and cold in the summer and then water the plants with it. We collect wash water from our veggie wash as well as our dish water and water our plants with this too (you have to use a non-phosphate, non chlorine soap so you don't kill your plants). One of the largest ways to save water is to get rid of your lawn. Lawns are the most water intensive plants to have. In a hot climate like we have in Sacramento and with climate change warming things up too, I'd love to see more people get rid of their lawns and plant drought tolerant native plants. Then install drip systems to cut down on water wasting.

Mike bowen
8/13/2012 6:55:26 PM

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