Water Month Suggestions

Water Month

Suggested Activities

 

•Consider a book study

For example, Ward, Diane Raines. 2002. Water Wars: Draught, Flood, Folly and the Politics of Thirst.  New York: Riverhead.

 

•Set up a bulletin board to post suggestions/facts re: water conservation.

 

•Announce Water Month and publish water use statistics on the church website.

 

•Drink plenty of water (in place of coffee, soda, etc.), and enjoy it!

 

•Take shorter showers.

 

•Check plumbing in church buildings and homes for leaky faucets, toilets, water fountains, and pipes.  Repair!

 

•Use dishwashers and washing machines only when there is a full load.

 

•Avoid letting faucets run while doing other tasks.

 

•Invest in water-conscious products such as chemically safe dish detergents and cleaning materials (detergent drive?).

 

•Install low-flow (aerator) faucets.

 

•Recycle as much as you can, especially batteries and other electronic or chemical waste.

 

•Consider landscaping that requires little or no watering (i.e. use plants that are appropriate to the climate) and avoid using chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

 

•If necessary, water at dusk or dawn to reduce the amount of water that evaporates before reaching plants.

 

•Consider using a rain barrel.

 

•Consider using a “gray water” system.  Gray water is any water (other than toilet wastewater or water mixed with food particles) that has been previously used.

 

•Install a permeable surface (gravel, wood chips) in your parking lot and walkways.  This will limit the amount of water being sent to storm sewers.

 

•Schedule a celebration at the end of Water Month to reflect on the experience and plan future actions (emphasize long-term strategies/practices such as purchasing faucet aerators, dual-flush toilets, water-efficient dishwashers, etc.).  Consider holding this celebration near a local body of water.

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