26 Apr Take Action Thursday: Water Crisis
Want to do something to help alleviate the water crisis?
Take a look and see what you can do, where you can spend your money, and who you can contact about making a change! Be a small change with big impact!
1. SMALL ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE – These are all suggestions on ways for you to conserve water in your life. Small changes – big impact!
- Never throw water away. If you pour too much out or have some left in your glass, use it. Pour the surplus into your dog’s water dish, water a plant, or add it to your water kettle.
- Don’t leave the tap running needlessly. If you are washing your face and you need to get the tap warm, use that initial cooler water to brush your teeth, and then wash your face afterwards when the hot water starts coming out.
- Always use full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – this cuts out unnecessary washes in between.
- Use half-load or small load settings: If you need to run the dishwasher or washing machine when it’s not full, adjust the settings to use less water in the smaller cycles.
- Don’t pre-rinse your dishes:Many modern dishwashers do not require pre-rinsing of dishes – a good scrape should suffice. Read your manual and see if yours suggests the same.
- Water outdoor plants in the early morning or at the end of the day. This stops water evaporating straight away in sunlight and heat. Also, water onto the soil rather than leaves. This makes sure the liquid goes straight to the roots, where it’s needed.
For those of you who are a bit more ambitious:
- Take a bucket to the shower:When waiting for the shower water to warm up, collect the cold water that precedes the hot in a large bucket or waste can. That is valuable water! Depending on how quickly your water heats up, the collected water can be used for a number of bucket toilet flushes, watering plants, etc.
- Switch Out Fixtures: Switch to a efficient shower head and/or low flush toilet. This can save water and lower your utility bill!
- Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. According to American Water & Energy Savers, a faucet that drips at the rate of one drop per second will waste 2,700 gallons per year.
2. CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES: There are a number of different proposals going through the House and Senate that relate to the Environment/Water and the government’s role in governing and protecting those waters. You can find Your Representative Here. You can use the script below for either emailing or calling them:
Hello, my name is _________________ and I live in _________(town or zip code – they want to know you’re from their jurisdiction). I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________, and I’m contacting you today because I am concerned about the water crisis going on right now in the U.S. and across the globe. I am very much in support of (OR) against [government regulation of our waters, funding our countries infrastructure or instituting conservation policies or any of the issues/arguments you have read about this week]. I agree/disagree with it because I feel (insert your reasons/feelings here – just say how you feel/what you think – feel free to use the information from this website to back you up – More info Monday – Two-Sided Tuesday or Worldview Wednesday).
I’m calling/emailing to see if Rep. _________ / Senator ___________ plans to publicly oppose/support these policies and what they’re doing about the water crisis.
(If you have additional concerns/reasons you can add them in)
Thank you for your time.
3. DONATE TO A CAUSE: This week there are 2 organizations. Both of the organizations listed are given 4 stars by Charity Navigator, a site that rates charities based how efficiently they believe a charity will use their support and allow donors to make informed choices.
Option A – Charity: Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. As they say, “We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $30 a person, we know how to help millions.”
Option B – The National Resource Defense Council’s Water program works to secure safe and sufficient water for people and the environment. They have the complete range of scientific, legal, and technical skills to pilot, scale, and standardize forward-thinking, market-based solutions to ensure safe and sufficient water for all.
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