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earth day 2009

April 22, 2009

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did you know adequate access to clean water is a critical issue for both people and wildlife?  there are 1.2 billion people worldwide without access to clean water* and 4,000 children die each day from water-related illnesses.**

conservation is one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to prevent water shortages – so people, planet and wildlie worldwide all have access.  it’s as simple as using less each time you use water.

  • use less water in your home and yard to prevent wastewater and pollution from runoff.  sweep driveways and sidewalks rather than hosing them down.
  • use pesticides sparingly-if at all- and compost all leaves and yard clippings for use as natural fertilizer in your garden or yard.
  • pick up-an properly dispose of-pet waste, trash and other debris in your neighborhood; street gutters and storm drains often run directly into lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands.
  • keep your car clean and green: choose a professional car wash that recycles its water; promptly repair auto leaks; and recycle used motor oil-a single quart that seeps into groundwater can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water.***
  • properly recycle electronics, appliances, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), silver batteries and paint to keep toxic pollutants out of your water.

 learn more:

*source: united nations development programme, 2006 human development report

**source: world health organization, 2004

***source: national resources defense council, ‘how to clean up our water.’- 2001