Water Conservation

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10 Irrigation Tips For Better Water Resource Management

Planting cover crops, trees, and complementary crops in the same field can help retain both water and nutrients in soil. Doing these things can also provide drought protection and help irrigation and farming be better at water resource management Gravity-flow systems and irrigation systems can be used for more efficient water use, depending on where they […]

March 6th

Drinking Water — Where It Comes From

Surface water — like lakes, rivers, and reservoirs — is one major source of our drinking water. Groundwater is another. The surface water comes from precipitation, like rain and melting snow and ice. Surface water moves over land to collect in lower areas, so it can contain chemicals it absorbs along the way. Some cities, like Los Angeles and […]

March 6th

Smart Sprinkler Promises to Save Water and Money

Over the years of writing for the Important Media Network (and its previous incarnation, Green Options), I have been instantly attracted to good consumer technology products that make the environment a priority. The Nest thermostat is a prime example of this, as are the various WiFi-controlled LED lights. So, when I heard about Blossom- a smart […]

November 18th

In Japan, They’re Farming With 99% Less Water

This hydroponic farm in Japan cuts water usage by 99%! The farm occupies an abandoned Sony chip manufacturing facility in Miyagi prefecture, near where the earthquake and tsunami struck the country in 2011. It is the brainchild of Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist who was inspired by a vegetable factory he saw at the Expo ’85 World’s […]

November 7th

EPA: Watersense Shower Heads Save 2900 Gallons Per Year

Back in 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) created “WaterSense” as a label for high-efficiency plumbing products that not only use less water, but work as well as “conventional” fixtures like faucets, toilets, and shower heads. That means that shower heads labeled with “WaterSense” have been tested for both spray force and water coverage and […]

October 21st

Protect Your Groundwater

Protect Your Groundwater Day only happens once a year, but it’s important to understand how we impact groundwater all year long. According to the National Groundwater Association, 99 percent of available freshwater is taken from aquifers. So whatever we put in the groundwater is what we end up drinking and bathing in.

September 11th

Why Waste Water

Why waste water?  In many countries, including the United States, water is treated to be clean enough to drink no matter what use it will be put to.  We’ve talked a bit on Blue Living Ideas about various ways water can be reused and recycled before being sent back into the environment.  Toilet to tap […]

September 9th

National Water Conservation Tour

In preparation for the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, the Wyland Foundation and Toyota are sponsoring a National Water Conservation Tour during March and April. The tour aims to teach people how and why water conservation and recycling contribute to a sustainable planet. Suggestions will be given to help residents reduce their water usage. […]

March 6th