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Water Awareness Month

April is Arizona’s Water Awareness Month, and the Arizona Department of Water Resources is celebrating with a whole month of water conservation ideas. They are presented on their website in the form of a rather creatively presented calendar.

sprinklerAmong the tips is The Numbers Game for Watering Plants (April 7th on the calendar). That is, water small plants to a depth of 1 foot, larger shrubs to 2 feet, and trees to 3 feet. Use a soil probe or very long screwdriver to test how deep the water has sunk in.

April 10th’s Rule The Yard Auto-Magically includes tips such as add a rain sensor so plants aren’t watered when it’s raining.

Pain in the Drain on April 20th is about disposing of medicines and household chemicals properly, so they don’t end up in the drinking water supply.

April 26th’s Sit on This is about keeping your toilet healthy and leak free. Ideas such as putting coloring into your tank to see if it seeps into your toilet are so simple and easy to do.

The last day of April, the 30th, is reserved for Saving the Desert Pupfish, an Arizona fish. It’s all about getting outside to the wetlands, streams, lakes, and springs to see the important habitat of Arizona’s riparian areas. Riparian? That’s the interface between land and a river or stream.

Overall, there’s lots of useful tips about water and household activities, all presented in the creative water awareness calendar. It’s worth spending some time visiting the website.

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  1. April 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Allison – thanks for writing about Water Awareness Month in your blog. Water conservation is so easy to incorporate into a lifestyle, but so often is is overlooked so we are hoping the fun calendar will encourage people to make small changes that add up to a big difference in saving this precious resource!

  2. April 15, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Hi Jo,
    And as the calendar shows, water conservation can be fun. Here’s another idea – if you live with someone, challenge them on becoming the best water conserver in your household. For eg., who can have the fastest shower and still get clean?!

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