Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How Will You Reduce Your Water Footprint Today?

March 22, 2012 is World Water day.

Have you ever stopped to think what your water footprint is? What is the connection between conserving water and feeding the hungry? How does water quality and availability affect climate change and vice-versa? Which is greater: water demand of cities and industries, or
agricultural water needs? Does producing more food with less water make sense? Would you eat food grown in re-used and/or recycled water? Why/Why not? How does reducing waste, primarily food waste, translate to water savings?

Come read what the UN World Water Day is all about and how the UN is working to generate awareness on the significance of conserving a dwindling resource -- freshwater.

Become an advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. As a citizen of this world, you have a responsibility to safeguard the environment. Make a commitment today to affect ONE change in your lifestyle in support of the environment. It's easy to do:
  • Turn off the tap when you shave or brush your teeth
  • Use flow control devices in your shower heads
  • Take shorter showers
  • Set your lawn sprinklers to operate 3-4 per week; turn off the sprinklers or use "rain delay" during wet weather
  • Use the dishwasher instead of washing your dishes in the sink under running water
  • Run the dishwasher only when full
  • Redirect the flow of rain water from downspouts to the various plants, shrubs, and lawn in your garden
  • Reuse gray water, where available

 At the very least, visit the UN Water Facebook page and give them a much-deserved "Like." Remember, your actions and behaviors today will influence those of future environmental stewards -- your children.

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