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5 Ways To Wise Up Your Water Usage During National Water Quality Month

Fix Leaky Faucet During National Water Quality MonthFor years, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized August as National Water Quality Month, a time for us all to think about both the positive and negative impact we have on this resource.

We love the occasion, for obvious reasons, but oftentimes can find ourselves overwhelmed with seemingly endless ideas for how we can make and encourage positive change. In fact, this post comes at the midway point of the month, as it took just that long to whittle down our original list of 1,000 to a more manageable list of the five items below.

With that, here are five ways you can more effectively use water during the back half of National Water Quality Month:

1. Find & Fix Even The Smallest Leaks
If there has ever been a home immune to leaks, drips, and drops – we have yet to see it. And while the leaks may be small, as little as one drip per minute, from one faucet per day, can waste away more than 100 gallons yearly. To see how quickly this can get out of hand when multiplied by multiple homes, faucets and drips – check out this calculator from the US Geological Survey (USGS.) If we all commit to fixing those tiny leaks in our individual homes, our world as a whole will be in much better shape.

Matt Lauer Takes Ice Bucket Challenge2. Order All The Replacement Air & Fridge Filters You’ll Need In One Fell Swoop
In September, the kids head back to school. October we spend winterizing our yard and home. November and December, of course, are a holiday blur. This makes August the perfect time to buy those air filters and fridge filters you’ll need to carry you through the balance of the year. Get it done now and you won’t need to think about reordering again until we hit 2015!

3. Nominate Someone Close For The Ice Bucket Challenge…With One Caveat
Will the ice bucket challenge ever stop? Probably. But certainly not by the end of National Water Quality Month. While gimmicky, this challenge – launched in support of the ALS Foundation – is also an example of a viral charitable campaign that has unequivocally worked. Through today, this challenge has raised more than $41 million for ALS research, with no signs of stopping. So while the getting’s good, nominate someone close to you, but include one caveat. In addition to accepting the challenge of being covered in freezing cold water, make the nominee share one hot tip for conserving an equal amount of water. A tip, like, fixing a leaky faucet.

Downton Abbey Promotional Shot With Errant Water Bottle4. Keep A Water Bottle Close By…No Matter What…
Whatever you do this month, whether it’s enjoying the final few summer nights, heading out for that one final summer road trip, or even taking promotional photos for that British costume drama from the early 1900s that you’re starring in, always have that bottle of water close-by.

5…But Always Strive For The Most Eco-Friendly Option
We love both pictures of the Downton Abbey cast, including the oopsies with the water bottle to the left and the self-deprecating version below where the cast had a bit of fun while driving awareness for WaterAid UK. But if we could offer just one suggestion, it would be to replace those plastic water bottles with more eco-friendly versions, including those found at our online store.Stars of Downton Abbey Pose With Water Bottles For WaterAid UK  Not only will eco-friendly water bottles pay for themselves almost instantly, they’ll help to reduce the risk of spent plastic bottles winding up in oceans and landfills!

What ideas do you have for wising up water usage during the back half of National Water Quality Month? I invite you to share via a comment below.

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