Release Summary: Water, water everywhere. Not any more.
Release Body: “Water conservation is not something to
do on an occasional basis. At this point in earth’s history
it is time for water conservation to become part of a lifestyle
change.” So says Ellen McNeill, owner
of the recently launched MyConservationBaby.com,
a website featuring eco-friendly gifts for babies, toddlers and
adults. The Company offers designer onesies, toddler tees, adult
tees and pet clothes with green messages such as Stop Global
Warming and Protect the Environment. MyConservationBaby.com,
dedicated to increasing public awareness of conservation issues,
has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, OK! Weekly, Parents
magazine Goodyblog, CleverParents.com and seen in Woman’s
Company points to severe water shortages in the Southeast as an
example of why water conservation is no longer an option. Orme,
Tennessee, a small town about 40 miles west of Chattanooga and 150
miles northwest of Atlanta, has run out of water. Three times a
week the fire chief hauls about 20,000 gallons of water from an
Alabama fire hydrant a few miles away to the dry town. Dozens of
trips are made back and forth to carry water for the town’s
145 residents. For just three hours each evening, from 6 p.m. to
9 p.m., residents scurry to wash clothes, take showers and fill
water jugs. To solve the water problem the town is constructing
a 2-1/2 mile pipe to connect Orme to the Bridgeport, Alabama water
supply with a $377,590 emergency grant from the U.S. Department
if your area has not been hit by a water shortage that is no guarantee
there won’t be a problem in the future. So what can the average
person do to help? Start with the basics. McNeill offers 10 easy
tips to help conserve water.
Fix leaky faucets. A faucet dripping at one drop per second
wastes 2,700 gallons a year.
Save up to 700 gallons of water each month by taking shorter
showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can make a difference.
Don’t use the hose to clean sidewalks. Use a broom and
save about 150 gallons of water each time.
Adjust sprinklers to make sure that only the lawn is getting
watered. This can save 500 gallons of water each month.
Don’t run water while brushing your teeth or shaving and
save three gallons of water every time.
Keep drinking water in the refrigerator so you don’t have
to run water for cool drinks. This alone can save 200 to 300
gallons a month.
Water the lawn in the morning rather than during the day or
in the evening. You’ll save 300 gallons.
Only use your dishwasher and clothes washer for full loads.
Avoid using the permanent press cycle because it uses an added
5 gallons for the extra rinse.
Clean your car using a pail of soapy water rather than running
the hose. Use the hose only for rinsing. Try a waterless car
washing system such as Ecotouch which can save up to 100 gallons
of water per wash.
Make sure your toilet tank isn’t leaking. Just put a drop
of food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color shows up in
the bowl, your tank is leaking and you're wasting up to 200
gallons of water a day.
are just a handful of tips that each family can implement to make
a difference. “Turn these tips into new habits and your
household can save thousands of gallons of water each month,”
says McNeill. “To make an even bigger difference in water
conservation share these tips with everyone you know.”