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Change Flows: Water Tips to Help Make a Difference

During April, we're focusing on our Change Flows initiative in partnership with American Rivers. We know that millions of people will be thinking about the environment on Earth Day (April 22), but we hope you'll join us in making every day Earth Day—support our river-cleanup initiative by "Liking" your region on our interactive map. The region with the most “likes” will receive a river cleanup sponsored by Cascadian Farm.

We would also like to share some tips to help you conserve and protect water within your home. If you have any tips you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them. Leave them in the comment box below.

Follow these 10 simple tips to help make a difference:

  1. Did you know that it can take approximately three liters of water to produce one liter of bottled water? Consider drinking tap water.2
  2. Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
  3. A full bathtub can require up to 70 gallons of water, while taking a five-minute shower uses only 10 to 25 gallons.3
  4. Use mulch wherever possible to keep moisture from leaving the soil and to minimize weed growth.
  5. A leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water every day. To tell if your toilet has a leak, place a drop of food coloring in the tank; if the color shows in the bowl without flushing, you have a leak.4
  6. Wash your hands with a soap that is made from natural ingredients so that you aren’t transferring those chemicals down your drain and onto the food you prepare.5
  7. Baking soda, vinegar, and boiling water make a good alternative to store-bought drain cleaners.6
  8. During winter months, use as little salt and other de-icing materials as possible on your driveway and sidewalks. 7
  9. Some regular laundry detergents contain phosphates, inorganic chemicals that damage nearby lakes and rivers. Consider using a biodegradable powdered detergent. 8
  10. Leave your grass clippings on the lawn. They provide your grass with all the natural nutrients it needs. 9

 

Sources:

American Rivers www.americanrivers.org 1 ; Pacific Institute http://www.pacinst.org/ 2 ; WaterSense – An EPA Partnership Program epa.gov/watersense/pubs3,4 ; http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/guides/guide-creating-healthy-home 5 ; http://www.seventhgeneration.com/natural-alternative-drano 6 ; http://www.cheltenhamtownship.org/stormwater/solution%20to%20pollution06.pdf 7 ; http://video.about.com/greenliving/Go-Green-With-Your-Laundry.htm 8 ; http://watoxics.org/healthy-living/healthy-homes-gardens-1/factsheets/cleanwater 9

 

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