January 18, 2008 10:39am CST
We see in the news that some parts of the U.S. are experiencing drought and are restricting water usage. Most of us, however, take clean water for granted. How many of us realize that drought is not the only risk to our water supply? With so many chemicals going into our ground it become more and more an issue of whether water is safe to drink even where there is plenty of it. Every time we turn on the water tap we are lowering the supply of safe, clean water. But because we can't actually see that with our eyes we don't worry about it. It is easy to use less water. And that is what we all need to do, not just the people in California and other areas of drought. We also need to lobby for stricter pollution controls. We must protect, as well as save, our ground water supplies. Think of all the pollutants the rain must go through even before it gets into the ground. Agribusinesses use pesticides and chemical fertilizers on the earth. And then there are corporations that dump their wastes into our rivers. All of it effects all of us because it collects in our water supply. So what got me started on this today? I got this email: It's time to get serious about saving water. California's main water sources have been severely impacted by record dry conditions. And we're already using our reserves to supply our everyday water. Our water situation is serious. But you can help. There are lots of easy ways to use less water. And you can find them all at bewaterwise.com. For example, just by doing these three simple things you can save over 20 gallons a day: *turn off the water while brushing your teeth - SAVE 2 gallons per minute *fix that leaky faucet - SAVE 15 - 20 gallons per leak *cut your shower by two minutes - SAVE 5 gallons per shower Please join us in saving our most important resource. For lots more easy tips about using less water, go to bewaterwise.com. A message from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. What are you doing to save water?
• Cupertino, California
18 Jan 08
We try to do our part but only have so much control as we live in an apartment. We do run the dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes, we only use eco-friendly soaps, low water usage shower heads (we bought and installed our own), and use the water free or low water car washes.
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