March 22 is World Water Day-Nature for Water

3/21/2018



Exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

http://www.worldwaterday.org

Our water problems are complex and urgent. When water is scarce or polluted, people suffer from dehydration, infectious disease, lead poisoning, drought, crop loss and death. 

Worldwide:

·       2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home.

·       1.9 billion people live in areas where water is already scarce.

·       70% of the world is covered by water, yet less than 1% of it is accessible and drinkable.

In the US:

·       17.6 million people are served by community water systems with reported violations of the lead and copper rule.

·       More than 5,300 water systems in America are in violation of the EPA's lead and copper rule. States took action in 817 cases; the EPA took action in just 88 cases.

By protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution, we can help meet the water needs of a growing population and ensure the availability of clean water for everyone.

Dr. JJ, retired pediatrician, wife, mother and trained chef, shares some easy things you can do now to protect the world’s water supply.

6 Things You Can Do
At Home

1.     Run washing machines & dishwashers only when they’re full. Large loads = less water used. Save energy by turning off the auto-dry setting and letting your dishes dry naturally.

2.     Keep a timer in your bathroom to encourage shorter showers. And please turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth. All that perfectly clean tap water is just going down the drain.

3.     Turn off lights and unplug chargers. Water is used in all forms of energy generation. It can take over 4 gallons of water to keep a 60-watt light bulb lit for 12 hours.

4.     Use biodegradable cleaning products. The water that goes down your drains eventually flows into streams and bays.

5.     If you live in a home built before 1978, assume it has lead paint; so renovate right. Lead dust from the renovations can end up in the soil and construction trash may end up in a landfill, ultimately polluting any water nearby. Use a lead-certified contractor for renovations to ensure safe and proper disposal of hazardous debris.

6.     Skip meat one meal a week. It takes about 600 gallons of water to produce a hamburger. (Think of all the grain that’s grown to feed the cattle.) Stop drinking sugar-containing beverages and sodas – corn’s #1 reason for being is corn syrup, not consumption of the actual corn.

 

5 Things You Can Do
Outside

1.     Plant a tree in your yard or a friend’s yard. Trees help keep soil in place, rather than flowing into our streams and lakes – and help slow water down, reducing flooding and enabling more rainwater to trickle down into groundwater supplies.

2.     Water your lawn or garden in the morning or the evening when the water will evaporate less rapidly. Adjust sprinklers to avoid the pointless watering of sidewalks or paved areas.

3.     Sweep patios and sidewalks rather than hosing them, which wastes water and carries contaminants into freshwater systems.

4.     Limit pesticide use. Pesticides are the only substances we intentionally introduce into our environment to kill living things, and besides being potentially dangerous to people, pets and wildlife, they’ll eventually be carried into our freshwater supply by runoff.

5.     Use a commercial car wash. The average homeowner uses 116 gallons of water to wash a car. Most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse the car. However, if you choose to wash your car at home follow these tips to minimize the impact on water quality:

·       Use biodegradable, phosphate-free cleaners.  

·       Use a spray gun with flow restriction to minimize water volume and runoff.

·       Wash on an area that absorbs water, such as gravel, or grass.

·       Empty wash buckets into sinks or toilets.

 

3 Things You Can Do
Online

1.     Use social media to spread the word about the need to save water and save our water sources. Challenge your friends to match the actions you take, and share the hashtag #WorldWaterDay on March 22.

2.     Find out where your water comes from and urge others to do the same. Knowledge is power.

3.     Use social media to ask your favorite brands what they’re doing to reduce their water use and their impact on water resources.

   

References

World Water Dayhttp://worldwaterday.org/

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/drinking-water-faq.html

Environmental Defense Fund https://www.edf.org/sites/default/files/homeowner_english_508c.pdf
How polluted is your drinking water? https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/index.php#.WXgT7NPyvVo

Environmental Working Group
State of American Drinking Water: https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/state-of-american-drinking-water.php#.Wq57vJPwbfY
Database: https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/index.php#.Wq56_ZPwbfZ
Water filter guide: https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/water-filter-guide.php#.Wq58BZPwbfY

National Drinking Water Alliance
http://www.drinkingwateralliance.org/lead


 

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