Water

Though water is technically a renewable resource, fresh drinkable water is becoming more scarce and unreliable as a result of climate change.

There are many strategies to easily begin to conserve water in your building. We need water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, showering, and more, but in each of these activities there is room to be more efficient. It is just as important to encourage mindful use by individuals as it is to check building pipes for leaks and dual flush toilets. This will reduce your organization's environmental impact and save your organization money.

In outdoor usage, the trend in landscaping is moving away from planting water-needy species for appearance, like grass in an area without much rain, and towards planting native species. Landscapes with non-native plants require more frequent watering, so this conscious decision will save your organization water, time, and money. Other methods of improving water use outdoors are harvesting rainwater, utilizing grey water, using efficient drip-irrigation, and installing rain detectors on outdoor watering systems.

In the second paragraph of the Shema, we pray for water in the right amounts and in the right seasons. Water can be both a blessing and a curse. In areas suffering from frequent drought, the challenge is how to best utilize scarce water resources. In other areas, the challenge is managing the over-abundance of water, which can lead to flooding, incapacitated stormwater management systems, and contaminated waterways through the mixing of stormwater and wastewater. Sustainable water management includes many of the following practices: capture and utilize water on-site; slow the flow of water to large-scale stormwater infrastructure; increase soil infiltration by utilizing permeable surfaces and proper grading practices; and choose plantings appropriate to the water resources available in a particular climate.

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Indoor Water Use

Install low flow showerheads
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Install dual flush or low water-use toilets
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Install water bottle refilling stations
4 points
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Use greywater (non-potable) water for toilets
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Install composting toilets
5 points
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Post signage to save water
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Education
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Distribute educational materials about water use
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Education
Plan an event about local water or sewage treatment utilities
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Education
Green your water policy
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Test water for chemicals and install filters if needed
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Start or join a campaign for clean water
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Advocacy

Outdoor Water Use

Use drip hoses on irrigated beds and gardens
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Use rain detectors on all outdoor watering systems
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Harvest rainwater for reuse
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Utilize sustainable practices in maintaining a swimming pool
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Replace hose with water broom
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