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blue gold

a documentary about water … stark, informative, shocking, imperative to watch …

Friday, July 10th, 2009 | Author:  | 11,137 views - starting Aug 9/09

aquiferto help put into context this series of blog posts on water issues, i think it’s important to review aquifers … an aquifer is essentially a ‘gateway’ to accessing deep ground water that flows beneath the Earth’s surface … tapping into an underground aquifer by drilling or digging a well is one of the primary sources of freshwater worldwide … therefore, threats and risks to aquifer resources directly impact billions of people, as well as wildlife and ecosystems …

the global importance of aquifers is impressive when you consider that collectively, the world’s aquifers contain 100 times the volume of superficial fresh water … more…

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Wednesday, July 08th, 2009 | Author:  | 6,705 views - starting Aug 9/09

ecological footprintyou’ve likely heard of the term “ecological footprint” … the concept helps people to quantify and appreciate how lifestyle habits impact the environment … while the calculations are not always accurate (largely because there are innumerable variables that cannot always be factored into the equations and mathematical models), i think it’s very helpful for people to use this resource …

water footprintrecently, the concept of a “water footprint” has been promoted on a similar premise but with a focus on water use … more…

Monday, July 06th, 2009 | Author:  | 6,968 views - starting Aug 9/09

more suggestions on how to save water outdoors … see my previous blog for more outdoor tips …

gardens — herbs, fruit trees, vegetables, & other edibles …

apple tree* select plants that are native to your area or at least adapted to your growing zone … if in doubt, consult with your local nursery for information on plant selection and placement for optimum outdoor water savings …

* organize your garden using the principles of companion planting … for more tips, see this and this website … more…

Category: Easy Being Green, Ecosystems, lakes & freshwater systems, life, oceans, Tips, water  | Tags: , ,  | One Comment

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Friday, July 03rd, 2009 | Author:  | 10,937 views - starting Aug 9/09

this post is about saving water outdoors … if you’re interested in more suggestions, i’ve already posted water-saving tips for general, kitchen, bathroom, and laundry habits … i’ll split the outdoor water-saving tips into 2 posts to keep the entries relatively short but comprehensive …

most important tip:

* collect rain water … rain barrel this is becoming increasingly vital in areas all around the world … you can either purchase a rain barrel or use your own buckets and pails to harvest celestial down pours, then use this water to hydrate your indoor and outdoor garden plants, including grasses … you can also use this water for doing laundry, cleaning surfaces, washing dishes, bathing your pets, or washing your car … alternatively, you can direct water from rain gutters and HVAC systems toward water-loving plants and trees in your garden or landscape … more…

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Wednesday, July 01st, 2009 | Author:  | 4,870 views - starting Aug 9/09

already covered in previous posts: general water saving tips, saving water in the kitchen, and saving water in the bathroom … today, i discuss:

how to do laundry … (and save water) …

laundry daygeneral washing tips …

* i think the most important tip i can give straight away is that clothes can be worn more than once … even more than 2x or 3x … if clothing is stained or odouriferous, then it is understandably ready for a washing … however, the majority of people avoid re-wearing clothing due to purely aesthetic reasons … if your clothes aren’t dirty, fight the urge to throw them into the laundry pile … cutting back on the number of times you do laundry and the size of your loads is the best way to cut back on water use … also, the more you wash your clothes, the faster they wear … more…

Monday, June 29th, 2009 | Author:  | 14,185 views - starting Aug 9/09

so far, i’ve covered general water saving tips + saving-water-in-the-kitchen tips … now:

suggestions for saving water in the bathroom …

toilets …

* minimize the amount of toilet paper you use and flush down the toilet … better yet, dispose of used toilet paper in a trash bin …

* avoid flushing garbage (including pads, tampons, and diapers) down the toilet … water systems are not the equivalent of landfills … more…

Category: Easy Being Green, Ecosystems, lakes & freshwater systems, oceans, pollution, water  | Tags: , ,  | 6 Comments

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Friday, June 26th, 2009 | Author:  | 16,755 views - starting Aug 9/09

in my previous post (wednesday june 24), i provided some general recommendations for how to cut down on your water use …. now, here are:

tips on how to save water in the kitchen ….

washing dishes …

* fill a tub or sink with water and dish soap to wash dishes rather than running
water down the drain while you scrub …

* when possible, fill a tub or sink with rinse water as well, so dishes can be dipped instead of soaked under a running stream … alternatively, rinse quickly under a low-pressure stream or warm or cool water … avoid using piping hot water, which won’t (at this point) make your dishes any cleaner … it will only help them dry faster … more…

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 | Author:  | 134,129 views - starting Aug 9/09

here are some ideas for how you can become more aware of your water usage and how you can decrease your water consumption … you can learn more about the water cycle in my previous post (mon june 22nd)

general recommendations …

* avoid leaving a running tap unattended … you will waste more water than you need …

* use the minimal amount of water pressure needed — often times, a modest trickle of water will suffice … rarely, if ever, is a deluge of water necessary …

* avoid using hot water when warm or cool water will suffice …

* close the water tap any time you are not using the water that pours out of it …  for example, close the water tap while: more…

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Monday, June 22nd, 2009 | Author:  | 45,381 views - starting Aug 9/09

in my previous post, i briefly introduced “the water issue” … water is a necessity, a blessing, a right, a luxury, an indispensable and irreplaceable vital nutrient … and yet, i consider myself ineffably fortunate to have daily, liberal access to clean, abundant, potable water on demand — where i want it, when i want it …

how and why is it that approximately 1.1 billion people in the world (more than 16% of the world’s population; United Nations statistics, 2004) live without free access to clean, sufficient water? … equally horrific is the fact that billions more live without adequate sanitation … more…