Hooray, it’s Blog Action Day. What exactly does that mean? Well, since you asked, I’ll tell you. Blog Action Day is celebrated every October 15 the world over. On this day bloggers everywhere come together and post to their blogs on the same subject in an effort to raise global awareness on an issue that affects everyone. So today I am writing about water.
This year we are talking about WATER and partnering with the UN in their goal to bring clean and safe water to the entire world. So how powerful is this method of communication? As of this writing, here are the stats on our joint blogging effort:
- 4,684 Blogs
- 135 Countries represented
- 35,454,449 readers!
This is powerful education. But what can we do on our own level with what we already know and how can we learn more about how to conserve and make sure our future water supplies are safe? The St. Johns’ River Water Management District (SJRWMD) serves several counties in the northeast quadrant of Florida where I call home. The SJRWMD has identified Flagler County (again my home) as an area where groundwater alone will not be sufficient to meet projected water supply needs of the future.
|St. Johns River in Florida
To help address this concern, the district has invited local county and city government bodies to join with them in investigating the potential for desalination. After all, we have the Atlantic Ocean as our backyard and there has to be a way to use that water for drinking.
Although this is a great idea, we have to work harder to just do the little things to help conserve what we have. So where do we start?
Here are some suggestions:
Don’t leave water running when you are not using it. For instance, is your water heater a long distance from the shower in your home? If so, it probably takes a long time to get that warm water to the shower. Few of us like to stand in a cold shower waiting. You can try brushing your teeth with the cooler water while standing to the side. Another idea I read about is to run the hot water in your bathroom sink to make sure that the hot water is in the pipes that leads to your bathroom. You run a lot less water in your sink than you do in the shower so this does help. I tried it!
Some other ideas are:
- shut the water off after you get your toothbrush wet
- run your dishwasher and clothes washer only with full loads
- don’t let the water run while you clean vegetables – just rinse briefly
- limit your use of the garbage disposal – think about a compost bin instead!
These are just a few suggestions for indoor conservation, but there are more ways you can save and conserve within your home. Do some research. There are plenty of resources to help you. The real key is to just stop and think before you turn on that faucet.
And don’t forget about outdoors. Here in Florida we have watering restrictions for watering our lawns, but do you adhere to those restrictions? Make sure you do. If you are unsure about these rules, ask your local city or county office or consult their website. You are sure to find the answers.
If we all work together we can do our part to make sure that our world has the water it needs for generations to come.