March 22 is World Water Day

World Water Day 2012March 22 is World Water Day.  This year’s theme is water and food security.  Food security means that people have consistent access to food that provides for a healthy and active life.   This theme draws attention to how much water is needed for food production, and that hunger and water conservation issues go hand in hand.  Learn more.  In addition to learning more about this theme, in honor of World Water Day, consider these ways you can save water and help care for waterways:

  • Check sinks and toilets for leaks.  To test your toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food color in the tank.  If color seeps into your toilet bowl, you have a leak.  Find tips for fixing leaks.
  • Reduce your use of water: don’t run the tap while brushing your teeth, don’t rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, purchase low flow showerheads and faucet aerators, and products with the EPA “WaterSense” logo.
  • Use natural cleaning products and keep pollutants from going down the drain.  Go to kyGreentv to learn how to make natural cleaning products, including a baking soda and vinegar solution for cleaning your toilet.
  • Get a rain barrel, which will help keep water out of the sewer system, and saves rain water so you can use it instead of city water for later gardening needs.  15,000Farmers and Louisville Nature Center are two of several groups in town that sell rain barrels.
  • To help reduce sanitary sewer overflows into local waterways, like Beargrass Creek, don’t run your dishwasher or washing machine during a rain event.  Learn more.
  • Look for more water-related sustainability tips on the Green Triangle Green Tips Calendar.

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