It’s World Water Day, and the theme this year is international water cooperation. What does that mean? Every action involving water management requires effective cooperation between multiple agencies. Rivers cross geographic and political boundaries and cooperation is necessary to share the water resources of a transboundary river basin between upstream and downstream users with different and sometimes conflicting needs, claims and cultures.
Got rain? Collecting and storing rainwater for use during dry months has been around since ancient times. With the rising costs of municipal water and the fact that storm water runoff is an environmental mess, resurrecting this old practice just makes sense. What is a rain barrel? At its simplest, it’s a container placed under a downspout to collect rainwater from the roof. Continue reading
- Earth is the only planet whose name is not derived from the Roman or Greek mythology. Instead, the name originated from the 8th century Anglo Saxon word Erda, for ground or soil.
- Only 11 percent of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.
- Seventy percent of the Earth’s surface is covered in water.
- The two-liter bottle of a cola requires five liters water to produce.
- Just the leaves from a single acre of trees might send eight thousand gallons of water up into the air in a day, which is enough to fill a normal swimming pool.
- The garbage in a landfill stays for a for about 30 years.
- In 1995 over 200 of the world landfills were full.
- Each person throws away approximately four pounds of garbage every day.
- One bus carries as many people as 40 cars!
- The average family throws away about 88 pounds of plastic every year.
- Each gallon of fuel releases 20 pounds of carbon dioxide into the air.
- Approximately 5 million tons of the oil produced in the world each year ends up in the ocean.
- The energy we save when we recycle one glass bottle is enough to light a traditional light bulb for four hours.
- For every 2000 pounds of paper (1 ton) recycled, we save 7,000 gallons of water free from chemicals.
Google “water saving tips” and you’re going to get a mind-boggling number of relevant results. We’ve even posted on the topic here. Some of the tips you can find are easy and totally practical for everyday life; others, well… not so much. Today we’re looking at a super simple DIY job that even renters can do that will help you conserve water. Continue reading