Each month, the Public Outreach Committee will post a list of suggested themes/projects that our members can use as focal points for activities around their own homes and neighborhoods. These will be listed on our Event Calendar page, along with firesides, conferences and activities of like-minded organizations. We look forward to hearing the results of your endeavors. And please contact us if you would like to join with us on the Public Outreach Committee. August’s theme is Water Conservation.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated that 3,215 heat records were broken in the month of June alone. In nations containing hot-desert areas, the appropriate management of water is critical. There are, in fact, situations where water is literally far more important and valuable than oil. While most Americans generally take clean water for granted, the current generation may see unprecedented changes in water policy, development of desalinization plants, and the long distance transport of water through major pipelines. Although the amount of Earth’s water remains stable, its accessibility and distribution may change dramatically. As good Earth Stewards, what can/should we do to use water responsiby? Below are 25 ideas. For dozens more go to www.wateruseitwisely.com
* Run tap water into pitchers until it is hot enough to start your dishwasher or clothes washer. Use the water for your houseplants.
* If washing dishes by hand, use a container of rinse water rather than letting it run down the drain for each dish.
* Try a Navy Shower: Get wet, turn water off, lather, rinse = two minutes of water use.
* Install a water-saver showerhead.
* Keep a pitcher of cold drinking water in the fridge instead of letting an open faucet run down the drain while waiting for cold water.
* Wash your car on the lawn.
* Use a pistol-nozzle rather than letting an open hose run.
* Use a bucket in your tub to catch water until it warms, then use it on plants.
* Water plants with runoff caught from rinsing fruit and vegetables.
* See if your community allows plumbing your gray water directly to outdoor plants.
* Use a broom, not water, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
* Turn off the water while shaving, washing hands, or brushing teeth.
* Water lawns only in the early morning, late evening, or windless days.
* Compost fruit & vegetable waste rather than using the garbage disposal.
* Consider removing turf-lawn and replacing it with water-wise plants. If you live in a desert, grow desert plants.
* Run dishwashers and clothes washers only with full loads.
* Upgrade old toilets with the newer water saving models.
* Make sure that lawn sprinklers never hit driveways, sidewalks, buildings, etc.
* Put lawn mower on the highest setting to conserve water and strengthen grasses.
* Catch rainwater from your roof to use on flower beds and gardens.
* Never use water to thaw frozen foods. Plan ahead, defrost in the fridge.
* Fix plumbing leaks immediately.
* Don’t use toilets as garbage cans.
* Kick the plastic water bottle habit. Use your own refillable container for meetings, hikes, etc.
* If you have a pool, cover it when not in use to reduce evaporation loss.
Isaiah 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. D&C 10:66 …partake of the water of life freely. 110:3…and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah… Alma 5:34 …ye shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely