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World Water Day

By Archive, March 17, 2008  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Archive
This Saturday, March 22, is World Water Day, a day of awareness about the people who do not have the luxury of safe drinking water. Most of us think that such a problem can only happen in underdeveloped countries, but the recent news about pharmaceuticals in municipal drinking water in the U.S. and Europe brings the problem to your kitchen faucet. In addition, the almost daily revelations of threats to fresh water around the globe, from rivers polluted by agricultural runoff to aquifers contaminated by landfills, is sufficient motivation for each of us to try and do something about it. No part of this problem is too trivial, so give us your views — or perhaps a solution — regarding any aspect of it, big or small, from the potential contaminants in your plastic water bottle that were discussed in the last two posts, to your opinions on public water policy. What can or should be done to protect and improve our fresh water supply? What do you do to make sure your drinking water is pure? Please join our conversation on this critical topic and take a moment this World Water Day to consider what’s coming out of your faucet.
Category: Green Action




jane crandell says ...
Reduce plastic bags going into landfills and get double use by saving dry cleaner plastic bags and stapling together hanger hole at top to seal at one end. Use bag for yard refuse (leaves and light plant debris - not sharp heavy sticks) and to line indoor waste baskets.
03/18/2008 7:57:04 PM CDT
jane crandell says ...
stop using chemical fertilizers that just enter run-off into water sheds...use composted plant debris and green sand and other natural products.
03/18/2008 7:59:32 PM CDT
Ching says ...
First of all, we have to have the committement to protect our water resources; then we have to have measurements to encourage sustained use of our water resources. We also need a strong culture on protecting and sustainable use of water resources. Everybody needs to unite behind this committement: individuals, industries, governments, local, regional, national as well as global. Laws and strict enforcement is really needed at the moment!
03/19/2008 9:00:11 PM CDT
Linda says ...
The 1st post is my main pet peeve. I get sick when I see plastic bags stuck in trees and water ways. They choke the animals. We are just killing ourselves, slowly. The wars are speeding things up but is anyone concerned about the birds and the bees? Have you noticed how low the birds are flying across the roads? We see dead birds quite often now don't remember seeing that before. And the bees, well people there goes our food supply if they die off. Does anybody care? Or do they just care about the next American Idol? or dancer. I see people open their car windows and throw bags of garbage out. I say they should be fined big time everywhere. My hint? Don't know --because there will always be slobs. I guess really cracking down on the slobs and hitting them in the wallet may help. The plastic bags are a big issue, but if we use paper that kills a lot of trees. Sure the cloth ones some of the stores are selling are a great idea. But some people can't afford to buy them. Some people have enough just buying food. Maybe the parents need to wake up and educate their kids. Or there will not be a world for them. Notice I don't say the schools, because the teachers have enough problems watching out for guns. Gee when I was a kid chewing gum was a biggie.
03/20/2008 8:42:25 AM CDT
Amy Moore says ...
One way to save water usage when washing clothes is to use a laundry detergent that rinses easily and reduces the number of rinse cycles. There are eco-friendly biodegradable detergents available that clean well in cool water and save energy
03/20/2008 9:51:26 AM CDT
Lisa Plaisance says ...
To help recycle our water usage, I water indoor and outdoor plants with the water from the cat and dog bowls. I also use the exchanged water from the fish tank for the same purpose.
03/20/2008 10:06:00 AM CDT
brooks says ...
As children in a large family, we all learned the lessons of thrift and wastelessness from our parents of the N. C. mountains. Precious water was never wasted. Possibly we have reached the point where rationing...or at least cut-off for excessive users, in housing developments especially. Pool owners would also fall into this category. Serious authority guidelines would be a welcomed wake-up call to many.
03/20/2008 10:13:47 AM CDT
Sara Grady says ...
Water at dawn to increase the effectiveness of your watering, and water deeply and only when your yard needs it to encourage strong root growth.
03/20/2008 10:36:55 AM CDT
Tracy says ...
This is very simple tip. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or shaving. Water is a precious commodity and natural resource we sometimes take for granite.
03/20/2008 10:45:43 AM CDT
donna says ...
If you don't have a low water use toilet, put a couple of bricks into the toilet bowl- it reduces water use- and the toilet still flushes. For the shower- buy a low water use shower head(they're sold for boats), your shower uses much less water and you still have a good spray.
03/20/2008 1:47:16 PM CDT
Wendy Nelson says ...
Growing up in the desert of Arizona, my mother taught my brothers and sisters and I very early the importance of water conservation. Water left in a drinking glass went a houseplant instead of down the drain. Water was kept in the fridge, no running the tap and waiting for it to get cold. The tap was turned off for brushing teeth and shaving - it was only turned on when in actually use. Rain barrels captured water for outside herb and vegetable gardening. Lanscaping was done with low water maintance in mind (rock, gravel, catci, etc). We grew up with low flow shower heads and before low flow toilets were available we had a plastic bottle in the toilet tank. Cleaning products came from the cupboard, not the cleaning aisle in the grocery store - vinegar, baking soda, toothpaste, and elbow grease. Not only are they easy on the wallet, but easy on the environment as well. The clothes washer and dishwasher would only operate when full. Now I'm raising my children with the committment to the environment. My brothers and sisters are doing to the same. I would like to see everyone make at least one change in their lifestyle than perhaps we could avoid a water crisis. But as another posted stated, the government also needs to step in with increased legislation and enforcement.
03/20/2008 1:50:19 PM CDT
Nancy says ...
Our area has been in a drought period for some time. We have been celebrating recent rainfall. Drought conditions make you realize just how precious each drop of clean waster is! Many groups sponsor clean-up activites that keep contaminants out of water sources. We all can participate in civic litter/trash clean-up days, and collection drives for hazardous waste like unused paint and used motor oil. The responsibility for clean water starts with us all individually as we set our priorities and make personal decisions!
03/20/2008 1:58:53 PM CDT
Kelly Harris says ...
Americans think the water supply is endless and see no reason to conserve water use. No other culture on earth wastes as much water as ours. Our family has made a few small steps towards water conservation. Some would find some of these suggestions gross, but they help save water and every small step we make adds u pto a more sustainable way of life. In the yard: Rather than run a sprinkler on your garden, re-use your dish rinse water. This also saves water in the kitchen because we are not running the tap to rinse the dishes. Not only will you save water, the soap (Use a pure castile soap, like Dr. Bronner's) will kill and deter many insects. We also use a layer of mulch around our outdoor plants to hold in moisture and cut down on watering. We use a broom to clear our sidewalks and driveway instead of a hose. We have adjusted our lawn mower to the highest setting, as longer grass shades the root systems and holds moisture longer. We have placed large pails under our downspouts to gather rain water to use for the lawn and plants (indoors and out). In the bathroom: Repair leaks in your faucets and toilets. A leaky faucet can waste 20 gallons or more per day. Leaky toilets, even though they are usually silent, can waste hundreds of gallons per day. To find out if your toilet has leaks, put a little food coloring in the tank. If, without flushing, color appears in the bowl, you have a leak that should be repaired. Repairing a faucet is usually as simple as changing an inexpensive washer. Leaky toilets can often be repaired by adjusting the float arm or plunger ball. Take baths not showers. Wash your hair first and you won't have to use more water to do this later. When brushing our teeth, instead of running the tap water, we fill a glass to use to rinse. Flushing the toilet uses 2 - 7 gallons of water per flush, so we keep a wastebasket near the toilet and deposit our wipe paper from urination there and only flush after bowel movements. In the kitchen: We rinse our dishes in a pan. We also rinse our vegetables and fruits in a pan, rather than under running water. As far as our drinking water, we use refillable filtered water bottles. These are good for 90 uses and cost us $6 and are recyclable after use. We only run the washing machine when we have a full load. We also cut down on loads by rewearing clothing( as long as it is still visibly clean...jeans don't get filthy in one day usually) and allotting a towel and washcloth per person per week (as long as they get hung up, they dry and don't get dirty and smelly). Also, ice cubes are a wonderful wa to water plants! They avoid overwatering and it is a great way to use up those dropped ice cubes!
03/20/2008 2:05:41 PM CDT
Sam says ...
I want to leave a water-saving hint comment as was invited in the e-mail that led me to this blog. But for a start, I'd like to say that a World Water Day is a lovely idea, especially at this point in recent developments. Let the scoffers scoff at us who get interested in protecting Earth and all it gives us--as if they have an alternative place to exist handy if we irrevocably wreck this one. Water can rightly be considered sacred. So, one of the slightly less-often heard things I do to conserve some water is to water plants, or pre-rinse pots and pans or such, with "grey water" --water that I've used to rinse produce, boil eggs, cook pasta, or leftover in a drinking glass, that sort of thing.
03/20/2008 2:16:59 PM CDT
michelle says ...
educate our childen on protecting our world and its natural resouces. they are our future. cheers happy spring
03/20/2008 2:39:56 PM CDT
Phyllis Jenkins says ...
Things my cat thought me are green things: I am reseeding my lawn to include "Vita-greens" for the cat; I'll plant some cat-nip too. Things my birds taught me are that edible berries are pretty to look as well as food for the birds so I planted bird friendly shrubs. Mantee taught me that seagrasses are multipurpose so my riverside has Hydrilla, Tapegrass, Eelgrass, Water hyacinth, Water lettuce and my oceanside has Manatee grass, Turtle grass, Shoal grass, and Widgeon grass.
03/20/2008 3:45:59 PM CDT
Sharon says ...
What a great idea to share ideas on how to conserve water. I save water when I do the dishes by stacking most of my dirty dishes into the largest dirty pot first. Then I wash and rinse the easy stuff like lids and cups over the dirty dishes so that the pot fills up with hot soapy water. When the pot is full, I leave everything in the sink for a few minutes to do something else like clear the table or put away the leftovers so that the dirty dishes in the pot soak and become easier to wash and rinse, thus using less water.
03/20/2008 3:46:00 PM CDT
V Ohri says ...
My husband and I never wash cars at home using detergents. We use only water (using a bucket and a mug) or take them to the car wash. The water collected from our streets flows into the bay and it is advised not to add any non-biodegradable substances into the street drains. Also, all my plant containers have trays to collect excess water. So, I don't have to water them everyday.
03/20/2008 4:04:03 PM CDT
Lynda says ...
When looking to a future of unpolluted water look beyond present preserving means and to the youngsters in our lives. Conservation and good sense should be conveyed to the very young. Whilst we practice ways to preserve and protect ourselves let our example and education of the young foster a renewed appreciation for this natural resource.
03/20/2008 6:03:54 PM CDT
Melissa Herzog says ...
Everytime we run the water to wait for the right temperature we have the water go into empty pitchers. We use the water for watering our plants, filling dog water bowls or even filling bottles for ourselves and putting in the frig. You have no idea how much water you waste for this time process until you fill up a pitcher and see!
03/20/2008 6:05:25 PM CDT
katie says ...
Can you please let me know which water filter is best, one that also screens out the pharmaceutals in addition to other contaminants ? I am overwhelmed with the choices and have no idea where to start ? Thanks.
03/20/2008 6:14:30 PM CDT
Kathryn says ...
When landscaping or getting ready for planting think about planting plants are common to your region. Not only will this help reduce water comsumption because the plants can handle region climate but you'll also help out animals that are common to your ecosystem too.
03/20/2008 6:43:47 PM CDT
jerry says ...
Katie, there is no easy answer to your question about which water filter is best because there are different filters for a variety of situations. The best place to begin your research is with an independent product-testing organization like Consumer Reports that is not beholden to any company for advertising revenue. There are also some forums out there--I think Yahoo! has one--where people can weigh in on such topics. Good luck... Jerry
03/20/2008 8:31:34 PM CDT
Thad Regulinski says ...
Because there are only the two of us in the household, we don't use the dishwasher. To conserve water we wash dishes by hand in one pan and rinse in side-by-side another pan . The water so used in both pans is not disposed in the drain, rather it is poured into a pail and used to flush the toilet. .
03/20/2008 10:54:16 PM CDT
Jessica says ...
An old tradition for cleansing water still applies today. -- Add an element of fire. Boiling water for tea can create a moment of peace in an otherwise hectic life. There is a beautiful selection of teas available at Whole Foods. Oolong is by far my favorite, though I'm sure everyone has their own personal scent and flavor of choice. Unfortunately boiling water will not remove heavy deposits and such. It will help kill unwelcome visitors like algae, bacteria, and other microscopic entities swirling through that clear glass of water you're holding. Anything you can do to increase water consumption would be well worth it. ;-) ~Jessica
03/20/2008 11:30:12 PM CDT