conscientious about water usage (J. HALL / http://www.onlineclasses.org/)

A message from Jasmine HALL

I work with Onlineclasses.org, where we just published entitled “101 Way to Conserve Water in College” Considering this overlap in subject matter with your blog, I thought perhaps you would be interested in sharing the article with your readers? If so, you can find the article here:

( http://www.onlineclasses.org/2010/12/14/101-way-to-conserve-water-in-college/ ) .

Thanks for sharing some great content through your blog.

Sincerely,

Jasmine Hall

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101 Way to Conserve Water in College

A lot of businesses, households and campuses have recently adopted water conservation plans to save money and protect the environment, but we still have a lot of work ahead of us. Those of us in the developed world use inordinate amounts of water for personal use, and most of it isn’t used efficiently. With each extra utensil used or toilet flushed, water is wasted, and you can imagine how much water that adds up to on a college campus. Here are 101 ways to conserve water in college, whether you’re a student, college president or professor.

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Personal Gardening, Plants and Patio

If you have a garden on your balcony or a bigger plot outside your apartment, be more conscientious about water usage with these tips.

  1. Use “leftover” water to water plants: Any leftover water you have in a drinking glass or other container should be used to water plants, not thrown out.
  2. Clear off dirt and other messes with a broom, instead of hosing it down. It’ll get things just as clean and save water to boot.
  3. Plant during spring and fall: Considered “less water stress times,” spring and fall bring more rain and moisture naturally, so you won’t have to water young plants as often.
  4. Water in the morning or evening: There’s less chance of evaporation due to cooler temperatures and lower wind speed at this time.
  5. Use the right fertilizer: Put slow-release, water-insoluble fertilizer on plants only when necessary. Many fertilizers make plants more thirsty.
  6. Learn how to compost: It’s a life skill you can use to save water.
  7. Look for native plants: Plant flowers, bushes and trees that are native to your area, as they’ll be used to the conditions and won’t need as much water.
  8. Make sure sprinklers are correctly situated: Watering the sidewalk is a depressing waste of water.
  9. Don’t water when it’s about to rain: Pay a little extra attention to the forecast to avoid water waste and killing your plants.
  10. Watch the soil to find out how much water you need to use: If the soil around a plant starts to pool up, you don’t need to keep watering it.

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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.