Are you taking a 20 minute shower? Do you leave the water running while washing dishes?
There are many theories and thoughts about our water supply. Are we going to have enough in the future? Is our water supply depleting? We have stories from NASA, CBS News, and the National Geographic, these stories are telling us that we need learn how to conserve water. Water conservation is using water efficiently and avoiding waste. Everyday use of water such as dishwasher use, laundry use and long hot showers significantly reduce clean water and add to more strain on septic and sewage systems which then lead to contamination of groundwater. Conserving water is a national topic and the information that can be found on the web is abundant.
Earth is made of 70 percent of water but only 1 percent of that is considered fresh, clean water available for use.
Tips for conserving water:
What are Rain Barrels?
A Rain Barrel (rainwater tank) is a water tank used to collect and store rain water runoff, typically from rooftops via rain gutters.
Why install a Rain Barrel?
Photo courtesy of Emma Howell, Shawnee High School.
Some interesting facts about Rain Barrels: 1-inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof yields 623 gallons of water. Calculate the yield of your roof by multiplying the square footage of your roof by 623 and divide by 1,000. Depending on your roof area, a rain barrel can fill up when there has been as little as 1/10th-inch of rain. To collect twice this volume from the same downspout, connect the overflow hose from the first rain barrel to a second rain barrel.
Conserving water helps the community, the environment and may even help lower your electric bills. Conserving water may also help keep moisture away from your house, keeping possible mold from growing in your home.
Check your local County website for different ways you can help and conserve your own water. Many counties offer free classes on conserving water and how to build your own rain barrels.