Choose ocean-friendly seafood when you shop or visit your favorite restaurants. Get the latest recommendations and learn more about the seafood you eat. This Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch APP lets you locate or share businesses that serve sustainable food!
Having a July 4th picnic or BBQ? Here’s a red, white and BLUE refreshing tip: Buy a large 5 (or 10) gallon Coleman beverage cooler and fill it with water and slices of fresh lemon and mint and/or homemade ice tea or lemonade! It’s economical and it saves our environment. Don’t forget to serve the beverages with reusable cups! Happy July 4th!
During the holidays, family and friends gather for celebrations and that translates into more cooking and entertaining, more laundry, more dishes, and using more water! Here are some helpful tips from WaterSense and the Environmental Protection Agency that will help you ENJOY the season and SAVE WATER!
In the kitchen
Put it a plug in it. It’s a good rule of thumb to plug the drain when washing dishes in the sink or use a plastic wash basin filled with soapy water. This will significantly reduce the amount of water you waste by letting the tap run while you’re scrubbing holiday dishes.
Load it up! Don’t just fill up your guests this season—fill up your dishwasher. According to ENERGY STAR, dishwashers built before 1994 can use as much as 10 gallons of water per cycle. Ensuring your dishwasher is fully loaded each time you run it decreases the number of loads you’re doing and water you’re wasting.
Scrape the scraps. When plates return to the kitchen with food scraps on them, be water-efficient by scraping or wiping them off rather than rinsing every particle away with water.
Pour a pitcher full of savings. Instead of letting the faucet run until the water is cool, save water by filling a pitcher with water and storing it in the fridge. An ice-cold pitcher of water makes a great addition to your holiday table.
Let the fridge do the work. Instead of running hot water over frozen foods, thaw them out in the fridge overnight. Not only will you cut your water use, but you’ll also save the energy required to heat the water.
Give your garbage disposal a holiday. Most garbage disposal systems use water to break down and dispose of wastes, which can impact your household’s water use. This season, consider adding food wastes to a compost pile instead of tossing them down the garbage disposal.
To learn more water-saving tips to use this holiday season and how to save water all year, visit the WaterSense Be the Change page.
Did you know that what you EAT can impact WATER SAVINGS? Here are some statistics from National Geographic.
•It takes approximately 1,000 gallons of water per day to produce the average American diet. This is more than the global average water footprint of 900 gallons per person per day for diet, household use, transportation, energy and consumption of material goods.
•Eat less meat and dairy is a way slim down your water footprint. It takes a lot of water and energy to process these products. Choose grass-fed beef (vs. grain-fed) whenever possible because grass-fed utilizes less water and energy.
•A serving of poultry costs approximately 90 gallons of water to produce. When you BUY LOCAL, you save on transportation and other costs (financially and environmentally).
•On average, a vegan, a person who doesn’t eat meat or dairy indirectly consumes nearly 600 gallons of water per day LESS than a person following the average American diet.
•A cup of coffee takes 55 gallons of water to make, with most of that water used to grow the coffee beans.
So, GREEN YOUR DIET!
The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. Roughly 70 percent of this use occurs indoors. Nationally, outdoor water use accounts for 30 percent of household use yet can be much higher in drier parts of the country and in more water-intensive landscapes. For example, the arid West has some of the highest per capita residential water use because of landscape irrigation.
When the weather is hot, take note of these cool summer water-saving tips!
•Use a Pool Cover. It takes about 19,000 gallons of water to fill the average swimming pool, and left uncovered, pool water can evaporate at a rate of about 1,000 gallons a month! So, cover your pool when not in use and save gallons of water from evaporating. You’ll also save on pool cleaning!
•Don’t let the hose run. When you’re outside watering the lawn or gardening, get a squeeze (pistol grip) nozzle for your hose so you don’t have to let water run. According to the EPA, nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totalling 9 billion gallons per day. Save on this most precious natural resource. In Ventura, currently all water comes from local resources. Let’s keep it that way!
•Pack your own bottle. When you’re out of the house, travel with your own water bottle filled with tap water from home. It’s more economical, saves on the environment, and is healthier for you. Water from the tap is constantly monitored and held to a higher standard.
•Set your lawn mower one notch higher. Longer grass means less evaporation. Longer lawns are also better for your grass and helps prevents weeds from growing.
•Avoid the use of misters. Water evaporates almost immediately in hot weather. Instead, reach for a cool drink!
Earth Day is Monday, April 22, 2013. Here are 5 easy tips that will benefit Mother Earth and your wallet!
1. Save Energy by washing your laundry in COLD water only! Energy used by washing machines goes to heating the water. Choosing to launder on the cold cycle usually costs 5-10 times less than using warmer settings.
2. Wash your dirty dishes in the dishwasher vs. hand-washing. Washing dishes in the dishwasher (vs. hand-washing them) will not only SAVE MORE water, it will save you money on your water bill. Make sure you only turn on the dishwasher when it’s fully loaded.
3. Drink Tap vs. buying bottled water. It’s actually safer and more regulated than bottled water. It will also SAVE you money and save on the environment.
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4. Check for water leaks around your home. Check regularly for water leaks and make sure you have no water leaks and that your smart irrigation timers are working correctly. In Ventura, water early or later in the day to avoid evaporation.
5. Grow beautiful native plants in your garden. Spring time is a time for planting beautiful trees, bushes and flowers. Go for plants native to the Ventura area that require less (or no water) to grow. Visit: Ventura.watersavingplants.com
On Sunday, March 10, 2013, we “spring forward” with Daylight Saving Time, so move your clocks ahead one hour. This is also a good time to check your landscape irrigation watering system for leaks. Check to make sure it is set according to local standards. CLICK HERE to find the Watering Guide for the City of Ventura.
When the days are longer and the temperatures are higher, it’s important to take advantage of the lower evaporation rates by watering early in the morning or in the evening when the temperatures are cooler. When you water during the cooler parts of the day, it’s better for your landscape and you can save up to 25 gallons each time you water.
Click here for more information from Save Our Water!
If you own a home and you want to clean your driveway or concrete walkways of dirt and debris. Instead of using a hose to get the job done, buy a quality broom or pressure wash broom. You’ll use less water!
Excerpted from GM Shana Epstein’s Column in the November 2012 issue of Pipeline.
The Complete Meter Test
Below are instructions on how to check your meter to find out how much water is being lost due to a leak. Knowing the volume of loss will help your leak specialist to understand the potential size of the leak. Also, after a leak detection repair is completed, check the meter again to make sure all the leaks have been repaired.
- This test should be conducted for a 30 minute period, during which time no water is being used on the property.
- Find your water meter, which is usually located in front of the house in a covered box near the street.
- Write down the numbers indicated on the meter at the start of this test.
- Return to check the meter reading after 30 minutes have passed.
- If the numbers have not changed, you do not have a leak in your pressurized water system.
If the numbers have changed, continue with the following steps.
- Shut off the valves under all toilets in the house, and repeat steps 1-4.
- If the numbers have not changed, you may have a running toilet that should be serviced.
If the numbers have changed, this indicates water consumption even though water was not being used during the test, and you may need a leak detection.