Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ARE YOU DROWNING IN YOUR WATER BILLS??

Water Water Everywhere????

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Water bills got you down? There are ways
you can save.
Glub Glub Glub…..Are you drowning in water bills?  You know that many years ago we didn’t really worry about running out of water or about being able to pay our water bills. We always thought that water was one of those resources that (pardon the pun) never went dry! Well we now know that isn't necessarily true. In 2005, groundwater levels were lower than they have been in 20 years, affecting the wildlife that depends on rivers and wetlands - fish, birds and rare plants.
We have seen so many changes in our water supplies across this land, in fact, it's not just in the US, but worldwide as well. Water is a precious commodity that is necessary for our survival and we need to pay very close attention to this issue. 

For a number of years now, researchers have come to realize that there are a lot of things being dumped into our drinking water that pose a risk to our health. For instance, just washing expired over the counter and prescription drugs down the drain is dangerous, and federal drug take back programs aim to end this danger. We now have laws prohibiting the dumping of toxins in our water supplies. This is not to say that it doesn't still happen in many places, unfortunately it still does. At least we are more aware of cleaning up the streams and rivers that provide our drinking water.
In trying to provide the cleanest water to the cities around the country, many municipalities have had to take measures to purify their water supplies and filter their water sources before it is made available to the public. This has, of course, caused an increase to the cost of providing water. Many areas have seen water costs skyrocket in recent years. 
If you have found yourself wondering how you are going to pay those rising costs for your water, I would like to provide a few tips on how to conserve on your water usage to help keep those costs as low as possible. The Indiana University Office of Consumer Counselor also has tips for reducing your water bill, and a detailed list for conserving room by room at home and outside.
Water - Use it Wisely website lists 100 ways you can cut down on your water usage. Here are some of my favorites:
·        If you have a dishwasher in your kitchen, run it only when full. Don’t fill it too full though as the dishes won’t come clean and will have to be rewashed! 
·         Thaw your frozen foods in the refrigerator or microwave instead of using water to thaw them.
·         Get rid of your garbage disposal and compost your food waste. It not only conserves water but is great for your plants and gardens and saves money on fertilizer! 
·         In the bathroom, cut your showers from 10 minutes to 5 minutes and you will cut your water use in half. It takes about 40 gallons of water for a 10 minute shower so you will save 20 gallons by taking a five minute shower. And yes, you can get just as clean!!
·         Turn the water off in the sink while you are brushing your teeth rather than let it run.  This is a simple habit to get in to.
·         Run the washing machine only for a full load. Hand wash other items that you might need in a hurry.
Actually practicing what I preach!!
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Water, so cool and refreshing!!
I have been living in our RV for the past six months on property in Northern California and have HAD to relearn all those conservation measures I just noted above. We have always been pretty conservative with our water usage because we have had well water for a number of years. We are now using reparian water rights from a river. I have found it relatively easy to follow the conservation measures noted above. We all waste a lot of water needlessly, and if everyone would think about conserving every time they turn on the faucet, I think they would be surprised at just how much you can save. Just think of it as doing our planet a favor by conserving when possible and saving ourselves money in the process. Leave a good footprint behind for those that follow us.


Cindy Foley
Contributing Writer

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