Tag: conservation

A picture of a young African American girl holding out a glass of water, for a LCA post on drinking water week.

Celebrate Drinking Water Week With LCA!

It’s our favorite time of the year: the American Water Works Association’s Drinking Water Week! Each year during the first full week of May, water professionals and the communities they serve join together to recognize and celebrate the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Every day, millions of us turn on the tap,…

A picture of a woman checking her faucet for leaks, during Fix a Leak Week. LCA

Leaks Can Run, But They Can’t Hide — It’s Fix a Leak Week!

Ever have one of those nights where you’re lying in bed, sleepless, and seem to hear every sound in the house — including that dripping bathroom faucet? Well, here’s something else to keep you up at night: Each dripping faucet in your home can waste about 3,000 gallons of water a year. And if you…

A showerhead with flowing water for an LCA post on saving water.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, WaterSense Fixtures Bring Savings to You

This Valentine’s weekend, why not show a little love … to your bathroom? Bathrooms are the single biggest water users in your home, accounting for more than half of all indoor water use. And frequently, they also are the biggest water wasters. That’s not only bad for the planet, it’s also bad for your pocketbook,…

A child in the shower with a soapy head cannot rinse because the water stopped, for a post on Imagine a day without water.

This Thursday, Imagine a Day Without Water

Imagine waking up this morning and having no access to water, anywhere — not at home, at work, or anywhere in between. That means there’s no coffee or shower. There’s no way to flush the toilet. No way to wash your hands. No water to put in Fido’s bowl. Now imagine what would happen to hospitals,…

Talking turkey about water footprints

It’s almost Thanksgiving, and as usual, we’ve got water on our mind. With all the cooking (and dishes to clean), we were wondering how much H20 is involved in the annual festival of food. Then we thought, “Why limit the question to what we use at home? Let’s find out just how much water it…

On Oct. 12, Imagine a Day Without Water

Can you even begin to imagine a day without water? That’s what we’d like you to do on Oct. 12:  “Imagine a Day Without Water.” Not just your personal use of water – brushing your teeth, flushing your toilet, taking a shower – though those rituals are vital. Water is also essential to a functioning economy….

Fireflies could wink out without some bright conservation ideas

Some summer rituals are universal: picnics and red, ripe watermelon; afternoons in the water to beat the heat; and chasing fireflies across the lawn as they light up the night. Yet one of those rituals is in danger of vanishing. Over the past decade, and probably much longer, fireflies have been blinking out of existence….

Love Monarchs? Consider creating a butterfly garden to save them

Monarchs are probably among the most well-known butterflies — they’re certainly easy to identify with their orange and black wings. We’re seeing fewer every year, though, and scientists are concerned enough that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering protection under the Endangered Species Act.  Why? Mainly because of climate change and a shrinking…

This inspiring mom hauls clean water to 250 homes every month

Moms do so much for us, and none of us would be here without them. So on this Mother’s Day weekend, we wanted to share an inspiring story about one mother (actually, a grandmother!) who goes above and beyond to take care of an entire community. Darlene Arviso, known as “The Water Lady,” hauls water for…

Keyhole garden design holds the key to saving water

In 2013, we wrote about one of our favorite gardening concepts: hugelkultur, in which large chunks of rotting wood buried deep underneath a garden’s soil will save water and, eventually, turn into compost. Well, we have a new favorite: the keyhole garden. A recent Rodale story does a great job of explaining the concept in detail,…

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