Community-based approaches to water preservation deliver a powerful strategy for addressing the global water conservation challenge at a local level. By engaging local communities in initiatives such as rainwater harvesting, the restoration of wetlands, and the implementation of sustainable agriculture practices, these approaches harness local residents’ collective action and knowledge and build community engagement.

Community-based water preservation fosters a stronger connection between communities and their natural water resources. It encourages the adoption of water-saving techniques tailored to each area’s specific needs and conditions. These approaches empower communities to take control of their water management practices, creating sustainable solutions to one of our most pressing environmental issues.

What can homeowners and property managers do to conserve water?

Volusia County, Florida, published a phenomenal list of 25 Ways to Save Water. You can view the entire list here or read below for some of the most important ways to save water:

Next to air, water is the most important element for the preservation of life. Water is a finite commodity that, if not managed properly, will result in shortages in the near future. Water conservation can go a long way to help alleviate these impending shortages.”

  • Check your toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl., you have a leak that may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day.
  • Take shorter showers. A typical shower uses five to ten gallons of water a minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down, and rinse off.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Before brushing, wet your brush and fill a glass to rinse your mouth.
  • Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water daily.
  • Keep a (reusable) bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This puts a stop to the wasteful practice of running tap water to cool it for drinking.
  • Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants. Mulch slows the evaporation of moisture.
  • Check for leaks in pipes, hoses, faucets, and couplings. Leaks outside the house are easier to ignore since they don’t mess up the floor or keep you awake at night. However, they can be even more wasteful than inside water leaks, especially when they occur on your main water line.
  • Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks, and steps. Using a hose wastes hundreds and hundreds of gallons of water.

How can a local community contribute to water preservation?

Local communities and municipalities can set a good example by using water-efficient equipment. Install high-efficiency toilets or retrofit water-saving devices on existing ones. Install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads in municipal buildings. As municipal appliances or equipment wear out, replace them with water-saving models.

Have you ever thought of using a rain barrel?

Rain barrels capture water from a roof and hold it for later use, such as on lawns, gardens, or indoor plants. Collecting roof runoff in rain barrels reduces the amount of water that flows from your property. It’s a great way to conserve water and free water for use in your landscape. Many cities and towns distribute rain barrels to residents through annual sales. Other sources include online retailers and local home and garden supply stores. Cisterns are also used to “harvest” rainwater. With a greater storage capacity, they may be located above or below ground.

Rainwater Harvesting, U.S. EPA Green Infrastructure

Note: Remember that as rainwater flows over a roof surface, it can pick up pollutants such as bacteria from birds and other animals and chemicals from roof materials – factors to consider when thinking about using rain barrel water on edible plantings.

Essex County Environmental Commission is having a rain barrel sale!

We’re excited to offer our Spring 2024 Community Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale. Backyard Composting is an excellent way to reduce trash going to landfills and allows you to make your own compost! Rain Barrels reduce water costs, keep our water clean, and provide a natural source of water for plants and gardens, all while reducing the amount of pollutants that enter our storm drains.

Please explore our site to see what is being offered at this community sale. Because we are purchasing in bulk, we can offer compost bins, rain barrels, and accessories at reduced prices.

  • Ordering deadline date: Friday, April 12th
  • Orders must be picked up on Saturday, April 13th, 2024, at one of these convenient locations:
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 at Essex County Environmental Center, Garibaldi Hall 621A Eagle Rock Avenue Roseland, NJ 07068.
  • 12:00 pm -1:30 pm at Maplewood Town Hall (rear parking lot), 574 Valley Street, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm at Down Bottom Farms 371-395 Ferry Street, Newark, NJ 07105

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Exquisite Property Services believes in the importance of our environment to our families, friends, and community. Our services are delivered with a keen focus on environmental sustainability and community well-being at the forefront of all we do. Contact us to learn more about enhancing your business and supporting your community.

 

 Resources: EPA.gov, https://essex.compostersale.com/, https://www.epa.gov/soakuptherain/soak-rain-rain-barrels