May 16, 2016
This may appear to be a departure from my typical blog post on educating adults, but it’s not. If you live in the Lower Mainland, you know we’ve been moved to Stage 1 watering restrictions. (See here for what that means to you: http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/understanding-watering-restrictions.aspx).
Some may be annoyed by being told when they can and can’t water. Others of us, used to living in a rain forest, have not previously had to deal with water shortages and may not be aware of how our habits are water-wasteful or what we can do to improve.
What if we took responsibility for managing this precious resource by educating ourselves and others on how to be creative in our water conservation efforts?
Here are just a few resources to help us become better stewards of our water:
- Water Use it Wisely – 100 Ways to Conserve: http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/ A great website that includes plenty of small ways to make a big difference. It even has ideas for builders such as using porous materials for patios and walkways to prevent runoff and keep water in your yard. Bonus: Check out the lesson plans, games for kids and suggestions for teachers.
- National Geographic – Don’t Be a Drip – http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-conservation-tips/ This website is worth checking out for the duck in the shower cartoon alone. (This from someone who embarrassingly admits she should have webbed feet for how much time she spends in the shower…a habit I am committed to adjusting.)
- Be Water Wise – http://bewaterwise.com/tips01.html I like this website because it tells you how much water you save when you make changes to how you use water. For example, did you know that by watering early in the morning you reduce the amount that evaporates and you can save up to 25 gallons every time you water?
Let’s be proactive, creative, educated. We all have the privilege and opportunity to make a difference and to be an example to others. Start today!