Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Why Conserve Water?
Water is essential to life on earth. We need water to grow food, keep clean, provide power, control fire, and last but not least, we need it to stay alive!
If water is constantly being cleaned and recycled through the earth’s water cycle, why do we need to conserve it? The answer is that people use up our planet’s fresh water faster than it can naturally be replenished.
To provide enough clean fresh water for people, water is cleaned at drinking water treatment plants before it is used. And after water is used, it is cleaned again at wastewater treatment plants or by a septic system before being put back into the environment.
Saving water is good for the earth, your family, and your community.
When you use water wisely, you help the environment. You save water for fish and animals. You help preserve drinking water supplies. And you ease the burden on wastewater treatment plants—the less water you send down the drain, the less work these plants have to do to make water clean again.
•When you use water wisely, you save energy. You save the energy that your water supplier uses to treat and move water to you, and the energy your family uses to heat your water.
•When you use water wisely, you save money. Your family pays for the water you use. If you use less water, you’ll have more money left to spend on other things.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
1. Wash Hands Efficiently
Turn off the water while you soap your hands, and rinse briefly.
2. Brush Teeth Wisely
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute. That’s 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
3. Flush Only When Necessary
Put paper, insects, hair, and other such waste in a trash can rather than in the toilet.
4. Don’t Waste Drinking Water
Instead of running water to make it cold, keep a pitcher of water in the fridge.
5. Use Less Water for Dishes
Scrape your dishes clean to reduce rinsing. Run the dishwasher only when it’s full.
6. Take Half-Full Baths
Try bathing in a tub that’s only half full to save water and the energy used to heat it.
7. Shorten Your Showers
Shorter showers save both energy and water—keeping your shower under 5 minutes can save up to 1,000 gallons a month!
8. Wash Clothes Wisely
Make sure your clothes are truly dirty before putting them into the hamper. Wash clothes only when you have a full load, and use cold water whenever possible.
9. Sweep to Save
Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean off sidewalks and driveways.
10. Wash Cars Wisely
Use a hose nozzle and turn the water off when soaping up your car. You can save over 100 gallons this way.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tips for Maintaining Your Yard...
Fall is here and it's time to adjust your landscape timer since plants can go twice as long between waterings compared to June. It's also a great time to replace lost plants or install a new landscape.
Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it's needed.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Welcome Autumn: September 22, 2009
Autumn (also known as Fall in North American English) is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter, usually in late March (southern hemisphere) or late September (northern hemisphere) when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier.
How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care,
Content to sleep, their work well done,
Colors gleaming in the sun.
At other times, they wildly fly
Until they nearly reach the sky.
Twisting, turning through the air
Till all the trees stand stark and bare.
Exhausted, drop to earth below
To wait, like children, for the snow.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) begins at sundown on Friday September 18 and ends at nightfall on Sunday September 20.
Rosh HaShanah (ראש השנה) is the Jewish New Year. It falls once a year during the month of Tishrei and occurs ten days before Yom Kippur. Together, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are known as the Yamim Nora’im, which means the Days of Awe in Hebrew. In English they are often referred to as the High Holy Days.
The Meaning of Rosh HaShanah
Rosh HaShanah literally means “Head of the Year” in Hebrew. It falls in the month of Tishrei, which is the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar. The reason for this is because the Hebrew calendar begins with the month of Nissan (when it's believed the Jews were freed from slavery in Egypt) but the month of Tishrei is believed to be the month in which God created the world. Hence, another way to think about Rosh HaShanah is as the birthday of the world.
Basic home water filtration is more convenient, produces higher quality water and costs a fraction of what bottled water costs. "10 times the quality, 1/10th the cost and no pollution!"
Bottled water causes over 60,000,000 plastic bottles to be produced, filled, transported and disposed of "every day" in America. It is an environmental nightmare.
- It takes 3 times as much water to produce the bottle as it does to fill it.
- Use of fossil fuels and the related emissions from transporting dense, heavy containers of water throughout America make it even worse.
- Plastic takes over 300 years to degrade in nature.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The digital Bedol clock allows you to keep track of time in an eco-friendly way, without having to use any batteries whatsoever. The timepiece is powered by water and salt.
Powered by a splash of water and a dash of salt, it keeps perfect time with no batteries. Sounds like magic, it’s just simple science. Electrodes harvest energy from the water. A clock that improves environment, both inside and out.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
What goes in your toilet, and down your sinks and drains, can affect the environment. Even though sewage is treated, some household substances and items that get into sewage can still end up in the ocean.
You can help protect the environment by keeping household waste items out of the sewerage system.
•Never let non-biodegradable items such as plastic bags, oils, chemicals, paints and pesticides get into toilets, sinks or drains. They make the treatment process more difficult and more costly.
Water pollution from malfunctioning septic systems is a major problem. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that septic systems are the most frequent sources of groundwater contamination.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Patriot Day is observed on September 11th.
Patriot Day was signed into law on December 18, 2001 as a day to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on our country.
On Patriot Day, Americans should fly their flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence to honor those individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks.
God Bless the USA - Lee Greenwood - Funny bloopers R us
On September 11, 2001, two hijacked civilian aircraft crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. A third hijacked aircraft crashed into the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. And a forth hijacked aircraft crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania after passengers tried to take control of the aircraft in order to prevent the hijackers from crashing the aircraft into an important symbol of democracy and freedom. Thousands of innocent people lost their lives in this tragedy.
Freshwater can be defined as water with less than 0.5 parts per thousand of dissolved salts. (Seawater or Brine has more than 50 parts per thousand)
The ultimate source of fresh water is rain and snow.
Freshwater systems are the rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, groundwater, cave water, springs, floodplains, and wetlands (bogs, marshes, and swamps)
Freshwater provides water for drinking, sanitation, agriculture, transport, electricity generation and recreation. It also creates habitats for a diverse range of animals and plants.
We cannot live without freshwater.
Water is continually moving around, through, and above the Earth as water vapor, liquid water, and ice. Water is continually changing its form. The Earth is pretty much a "closed system," like a terrarium. That means that the Earth neither, as a whole, gains nor loses much matter, including water. Although some matter, such as meteors from outer space, are captured by Earth, very little of Earth's substances escape into outer space. This is certainly true about water. This means that the same water that existed on Earth millions of years ago is still here. Thanks to the water cycle. The same water is continually being recycled all around the globe. It is entirely possible that the water you drank for lunch was once used by Mama Alosaurus to give her baby a bath.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Water is probably the most important resource on Earth. We need water to grow and stay alive. In fact, we could only live for a few days without drinking water. We also need water to grow plants and care for animals, cook our food, bathe and brush our teeth, flush the toilet, and wash our clothes.
Most of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. You might think that there is plenty of water for everyone to use. But did you know that most of the water on earth is ocean water? Ocean water is very salty. You can’t drink it or use it for growing plants, cooking food, bathing, or washing clothes. The water we use for these things is called freshwater.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Dedicated in honor of the worker, it is also appropriately called the "workingman's holiday". The holiday is dedicated to you in respect and appreciation for the work you do in or outside of the home, union or non-union, big company, small companies, or government. As long as you work somewhere at something, this holiday is for you!
The first Labor Day was held celebrated in New York City on September 5, 1882 and was started by the Central Labor Union in New York City. In 1884, it was moved to the first Monday in September where it is celebrated today. Labor Day quickly became popular and one state after another voted it as a holiday. On June 28, 1894, the U.S. congress voted it a national holiday.
Labor Day is also viewed as the official end of summer. While the Fall Equinox is still a couple of weeks away, kids go back to school and summer vacations are over. So this marks the end of the season. Many people celebrate this weekend with one last picnic. It is also the date that many people close up the pool, and put away the boats.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Only 3% of the earth's water is freshwater - we must protect this critical resource.
Everyday household activities are a major contributor to polluted runoff, which is among the most serious sources of water contamination. When it rains, fertilizer from lawns, oil from driveways, paint and solvent residues from walls and decks and even waste from pet Fido are all washed into storm sewers or nearby lakes, rivers and streams -- the same lakes, rivers and streams we rely on for drinking, bathing, swimming and fishing.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Welcome to September!!!!!!!!!!!
This month we will be focusing mainly on water, but we certainly will not forget about Labor Day (7th), Grandparents Day (13th), 1st Day of Autumn (22nd), and other events throughout the month.
Water is essential in the lives of all flora, fauna, and people on earth.
# Between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water.
# Much more fresh water is stored under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.
# The earth is a closed system, similar to a terrarium, meaning that it rarely loses or gains extra matter. The same water that existed on the earth millions of years ago is still present today.
# The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.
# Of all the water on the earth, humans can used only about three tenths of a percent of this water. Such usable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes.
# The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day.
# The United States uses nearly 80 percent of its water for irrigation and thermoelectric power.
# The average person in the United States uses anywhere from 80-100 gallons of water per day. Flushing the toilet actually takes up the largest amount of this water.
# Approximately 85 percent of U.S. residents receive their water from public water facilities. The remaining 15 percent supply their own water from private wells or other sources.