5 Ways to Conserve Water This Summer

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Written by Jessica Arinella

Summer = an increase in outdoor water use.

Listen to this Green Divas Radio show podcast featuring What You Can Do on water conservation. This podcast focuses on outdoor water usage and how we can reduce water waste outside.

Many of our outdoor activities revolve around water during the summer, whether it’s taking a dip in the ocean or staying hydrated during a workout.

Caring for our lawns and gardens can be a challenge in the heat, especially in states facing droughts like California. According to the EPA, the average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day, and about 30 percent is devoted to outdoor uses (more than half of this is used for watering lawns and gardens).

Check out the simple ideas below to help conserve water outdoors while we have fun in the sun.

1. Let It Rain: Consider purchasing a rain barrel to collect water for gardening, lawn care and car or window washing

2. Drive Thru: Wash your car at a commercial car wash instead of in the driveway to reduce water usage and keep chemicals out of storm drains

3. Double Duty: Bathe your pet on part of your lawn that needs watering

4. Clean Sweep: Use a broom to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways instead of rinsing with a hose

5. Green Your Lawn: Leave clippings on your lawn after mowing—they decompose and release nutrients into the soil to keep grass healthy

Sources: EPA and Water Use It Wisely

Check out these What You Can Do videos about conserving water outdoors:


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What You Can Do

Think all you can do in a minute is brush your teeth or order a pizza? The What You Can Do web and TV series shows how we can help change the world in just a minute. The series features hundreds of easy ways to take action – such as downloading an app to find sustainable seafood, conserving water while brushing your teeth and starting a chain of kindness with a simple act. We team up with top non-profits to show how we can make a difference for global concerns such as hunger and climate change in our everyday lives. One minute doesn't sound like a lot, but uniting our actions can add up to real change for our local communities and the world. What You Can Do was recognized as an official Webby Award honoree in 2013 and has screened at the Manhattan Film Festival, HollyWeb Festival and LA Web Fest. Find out more about the series at: www.whatyoucando.com and join the conversation at:www.facebook.com/whatyoucando.

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