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Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

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    Take action now to conserve with these water saving tips

    In some parts of the world this is reality. Fresh water is a finite resource. A staggering 1% of the world’s water is safe for human consumption. Because of the current drought and the need for at least a foot of rain to make up for the last dry years, a serious and immediate impact is being felt in our wallets with rising produce prices and creation of a literal tinderbox in the form of a dry highly flammable landscape.

    On January 17, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency due to “ dry conditions and lack of precipitation”. A representative at EBMUD explained that the 10% voluntary reduction in water usage by all households and a $500 fine for excessive wasting are the first actions toward a serious need for widespread reduction.

    A precious resource that is detrimental to our survival in short supply is a wake-up call that all must heed .

    Here are seven easy water conservation tips that take little effort and can be done immediately.

    What if you went to your sink to have a glass of water and the tap was dry? Not because the bill wasn’t paid or a problem with the plumbing but because the supply had been depleted.

    In some parts of the world this is reality. Fresh water is a finite resource. A staggering 1% of the world’s water is safe for human consumption. Because of the current drought and the need for at least a foot of rain to make up for the last dry years, a serious and immediate impact is being felt in our wallets with rising produce prices and creation of a literal tinderbox in the form of a dry highly flammable landscape.

    On January 17, 2014 Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency due to “ dry conditions and lack of precipitation”. A representative at EBMUD explained that the 10% voluntary reduction in water usage by all households and a $500 fine for excessive wasting are the first actions toward a serious need for widespread reduction.

    A precious resource that is detrimental to our survival in short supply is a wake-up call that all must heed .

    1. Turn off the tap when brushing teeth ; according to the EPA.gov website, 200 gallons of water a month can be saved simply by turning off the water while you brush your teeth.

    2. Take a shorter shower, Boston University’s webpage on sustainability explains “an average shower uses about 5 gallons of water per minute’” so taking a 2 min shorter shower saves 10 gallons of water.

    3. Fix leaks around your home and save 10% on your water bill,at EPA.com it explains that 10%percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.

    4. Collect Grey water which is defined by Wikipedia as “wastewater generated from wash hand basins, showers and baths” and use it to flush toilets and water gardens.

    5. Employ two sinks or a bucket for dishes , one with soapy water and the other with only water to lessen the need to use the tap.

    6. Only full loads of laundry and dishwashers, by doing larger loads less often up to 20 gallons of water can be saved.

    7. Stay aware and informed, with the onset of Fall, rain will fall. To use this as an excuse to not curb and conserve a life sustaining force is foolhardy and shortsighted.

    Be proactive and research the state and fate of the world’s fresh water supply.

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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