World Water Day 2022

On Tuesday this week, we celebrated World Water Day

The theme of this year's World Water Day was ground water.

Ground water is underneath us and is incredibly important. We cannot see it, so it's often out of our minds when we think about the earth's water.

We depend on ground water for drinking water. It is vital to have this water source to survive. To protect this source, we need to learn to produce food without destroying soil. 

Climate change is also dramatically reducing our ground water sources as the warmth of the earth depletes this precious supply. 

The key questions to ask yourself following Tuesday's World Water Day are how does ground water affect your life? Is there enough? Is it safe? Who uses the most ground water in your area? What needs to be done to protect groundwater?

 

HOW CAN I HELP PROTECT GROUND WATER?

WAYS TO PROTECT AND CONSERVE GROUNDWATER:

  1. Go Native

    Use native plants in your landscape. They look great, and don't need much water or fertilizer. Also choose grass varieties for your lawn that are adapted for your region's climate, reducing the need for extensive watering or chemical applications.

  2. Reduce Chemical Use

    Use fewer chemicals around your home and yard, and make sure to dispose of them properly - don't dump them on the ground!

  3. Manage Waste

    Properly dispose of potentially toxic substances like unused chemicals, pharmaceuticals, paint, motor oil, and other substances. Many communities hold household hazardous waste collections or sites - contact your local health department to find one near you.

  4. Don't Let It Run

    Shut off the water when you brush your teeth or shaving, and don't let it run while waiting for it to get cold. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge instead.

  5. Fix the Drip

    Check all the faucets, fixtures, toilets, and taps in your home for leaks and fix them right away, or install water conserving models.

  6. Wash Smarter

    Limit yourself to just a five minute shower, and challenge your family members to do the same! Also, make sure to only run full loads in the dish and clothes washer.

  7. Water Wisely

    Water the lawn and plants during the coolest parts of the day and only when they truly need it. Make sure you, your family, and your neighbors obey any watering restrictions during dry periods.

  8. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

    Reduce the amount of "stuff" you use and reuse what you can. Recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, aluminum and other materials.

  9. Natural Alternatives

    Use all natural/nontoxic household cleaners whenever possible. Materials such as lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar make great cleaning products, are inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly.

  10. Learn and Do More!

    Get involved in water education! Learn more about groundwater and share your knowledge with others.

     

    Source: https://www.groundwater.org

 

 

 

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