May is National Save Water Month - Conserve water with an efficient high pressure shower head



The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger





May 30

Let's Do The Time Warp Again!

Where to start? The Time Traveler’s Wife seems to have it all – love, danger, librarians! As a former (are you ever really former?) librarian, I’m always glad to see them pop up in literature, especially one as dashing and intriguing as Henry.

I ended up reading this book practically in one day. I haven’t done that in a long, long time and it’s something I’ve missed in my reading, so if nothing else, I’m grateful to Niffenegger for writing a book that would capture me so. And I'm even more grateful that the book made me cry. I was weeping. Sobbing. It's been a great while since a book has moved in that way.

Continue reading "Let's Do The Time Warp Again!"

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May 01

Discussion Begins May 30th

While you're reading, here are some links about the book:

- An interview with Audrey Niffenegger and a review on Bookslut.

- An essay by the author on Powell's.

- An interview with the author on

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May is National Save Water Month. Take a look at my favorite high pressure showerhead youtube videos for some insights on how to save water in the shower with an efficient water-saving high pressure shower head. Also note that some shower heads are also high pressure high flow shower heads and will only save water if it causes you to reduce the amount of time you spend showering.  Here's a link to a discussion about high flow fire hydrant like shower heads.



Water Conservation
Do’s and Dont’s

Do Only wash full loads of laundry and dishes to

spread out wash cycles.

Do Look for leaky faucets and running toilets.

Repairing a dripping faucet can save up to

150 gallons of water a week. Utilize leak

detector tablets to determine if your toilet has

a leak.

Do Comply with city burn-ban rules. These

often prohibit the use of fireworks, fires, and

even wood stoves and fireplaces.

Do Purchase water-saving high pressure shower heads,

aerators, hose nozzles, and other efficient

household items. AM Conservation Group offers

a full range of water conservation products.

Do Store water in the refrigerator instead of

letting the tap run for cool water.

Do Remove weeds from your lawn regularly.

Weeds compete with plants for nutrients and


Do Collect water used to rinse fruit or

vegetables, and use it to water plants.

Do Aim to do at least one thing per day to

conserve water.

Don’t Hand-wash your car. Instead, take it to

a car wash, where recycled water is used.

Don’t Leave the sink running while brushing

your teeth or utilize a bathroom

aerator to slow the flow of water

when brushing your teeth.

Don’t Over-water lawns and landscapes.

If watering is necessary, do it during the

evening to reduce evaporation from

the sun. Products like moisture meters

can help measure this.

Don’t Take long showers. Keeping showers

under 5 minutes can save up to 1,000

gallons of water per month. Encourage

your household members to shorten

showers with a high pressure shower head and utilize a shower timer.

Don’t Use the toilet as a waste basket for

tissues, Band-Aids, etc.

Don’t Keep water conservation tips to

yourself. Encourage family, friends and

coworkers to be proactive about saving

water (a “water-saving tip of the week”

in your employee newsletter, a who-cansave-

the-most-water contest among

family members, etc.)

Do’s and Don’ts

If you live in a city affected by

drought, follow these easy tips

to help minimize the impact as

much as possible.


Municipality Water Conservation E

Water Conservation is a Year Round Goalducation

If you live in a city affected by

drought, follow these easy tips

to help minimize the impact as

much as possible.



Are you ready to conserve water the entire year? Although Water conservation is at its peak importance in the summer — when most states are dealing with hot temperatures and droughts. But steps should be taken year-round to save water, including:

  • “Winterize” your pipes by insulating plumbing, especially in unheated areas like garages. Frozen water creates cracks and bursts, leading to water waste.
  • Check for leaks after thaws. Changes in temperature causes pipes to expand and contract, creating cracks.
  • Locate your master water shut-off valve. If a water pipe does break, it’s important to know how to shut it off to prevent flooding and water loss.
  • Track water usage on your water meter and monthly bills.
  • Install high-efficiency high pressure shower heads, which can save the average family nearly 3,000 gallons of water per year and over 15% on water heating costs.
  • Keep a bucket in the shower to catch excess water and use it to water plants.
  • Mow grass often, especially when the leaves fall, to create mulch. Mulching holds in soil moisture, cutting water use by 25 to 50%, and also controls weeds, which compete for water.
  • Install moisture meters, which measure the moisture in the soil, to eliminate improper watering.
  • Install covers on pools and hot tubs to reduce evaporation.
  • Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
  • Instead of pre-rinsing dishes before the dishwasher — which can waste up to 6,500 gallons of water a year — purchase a Dish Squeegee to get rid of excess food and grease.

To learn more ways you can save water and money on your water bills, check out some of our favorite  water-saving products.

3. Social Media Posts

Below are some social media posts. Please use this on your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc!

#DYK: A leaky faucet can waste 100 gallons of water a day #waterconservation.

Small adjustments in your daily life can make a big impact. 100 tips for conserving #water:

Installing high efficiency adaptors to your faucets can help in #waterconservation efforts:

Bathrooms use 75% of the water in a home. Learn how you can reduce your water use:

Use 30% less water by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances. #waterconservation

55 facts and figures about #waterconservation:


The US has 8% of the world’s freshwater resources. Learn how to conserve it:

Infographic: How the world’s nations use water:

Start teaching your kids how to conserve water with these fun tips:

4) 15 Great Water-Saving Resources

Use these resources however you see fit. These would be a great

website landing page, something to distribute separately, or print

out and post.

1. Water-Use It Wisely. Hundreds of water-saving tips and resources, including landscape

watering guides, how-to videos and more.

2. American Water Works Association. Nonprofit and educational association

advocating for safe and sustainable water

3. Alliance for Water Efficiency. National information and assistance on water

conservation programs, products and efforts.

4. AM Conservation Group. A full-service source for high-quality water and energy saving

products, AM Conservation Group offers water conservation kits and products, as well as a

variety of educational programs for utility companies and government agencies.

5. Water Use Calculator. Use Home Water Works’ Water Calculator to compute how much

water your household uses, and conservation tips and ideas on ways to lower the usage.

6. U.S. Drought Monitor. While it’s important to be conscious about water efficiency at all

times, conservation is critical during a drought. Stay up-to-date with drought information

about your state and region with this tool.

7. GreenBiz. Publishes news and events on topics involving sustainability, business and

technology, aligning environmental responsibility with profitable business practices.

8. The Association of Green Property Owners and Managers. National organization

that focuses on how green practices reduce risk and increase profits for building owners

and managers of hotels, casinos, resorts, office buildings, stores, and more. Recommendations include

water saving high pressure shower heads and removing high-flow toilets.

9. Cases in Water Conservation. An EPA-developed eBook of case studies proving the

benefits and value of efficient water management systems across the nation.

10. WaterSense Kids. A website built for kids filled with information, quizzes and games

to help children understand the importance of water conservation.

11. Conservation International. An international environmental organization dedicated

to protecting natural resources, promoting sustainable products, raising awareness and

encouraging governments to enact policies that conserve the environment.

12. Grist. A source for environmental news covering climate, energy, food, politics, green

living and other issues affected by the environment.

13. Green Gardens Group. Shows people how to heal the environment by changing their

gardens and landscapes.

14. Helpful videos, useful savings tips and other online resources that enable

families to form lifelong sustainable habits.

15. Clim’Way. In the Clim’way game, users must create a climate plan that reduces

greenhouse gas emissions by a certain percentage in a certain time frame. The game

teaches ways to set up alternative energy resources, reducing water consumption, and

other important sustainability techniques.


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