“There when you need it”—this year’s theme for National Drinking Water Week, May 3-9—is a perfect reminder as the Florida Public Service Commission (PSC) encourages consumers to think about our need for water every day.
“With just the turn of the tap, most of us have unlimited access to safe drinking water,” said PSC Chairman Gary Clark. “Because it’s readily available, we often don’t think about the need for water conservation. Clean drinking water is essential to maintain our health and sustain our communities, and we all need to work together to conserve this valuable resource.”
For easy, everyday water conservation tips, access the PSC’s Drop by Drop brochure and our Conservation House. Imagine a Day without Water, a consumer tip featuring PSC Commissioners, envisions “what if we lived in a world without water?” Simple changes can have a big impact on water usage. Look for more information on the PSC’s website, www.Floridapsc.com.
Below are some summer conservation reminders from the American Water Works Association (AWWA), which sponsors Drinking Water Week:
• Don't over water your lawn. Only water every three to five days in the summer and 10 to 14 days in the winter.
• To prevent water evaporation, don't water your lawn during the hottest part of the day, or when it is windy.
• Only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when they are fully loaded.
• Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running water over it.
• When washing dishes by hand, use two basins--one for washing and one for rinsing—rather than let the water run.
• Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
• If you have a swimming pool, get a cover. You'll cut water evaporation by 90 percent.
• Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste about 2,000 gallons of water each year. Leaky toilets can waste as much as 200 gallons each day.
About Drinking Water Week
For more than 40 years the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – an opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Additional information about 2020 Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available here.
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