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SAVE, PROTECT WATER IN 7 WAYS FOR 7 DAYS

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This is National Drinking Water Week, and each of us can take action to conserve and protect drinking water resources. If everyone practiced these "7 ways for 7 days," the estimated savings will be at least 1 billion gallons of water and 20 million pounds of toxics diverted from entering our water resources:

MondayTurn off the water while you brush your teeth. You'll each save about 100 gallons a month once this habit becomes second nature.

Tuesday

Water outside only when necessary. Listen to the weather forecast. Make it a habit to know when Mother Nature plans to water the garden so you won't have to.

Wednesday

Put a box in the basement or garage, out of reach of children and pets, to collect household products that can contaminate water.

Thursday

Safeguard your family from possible lead exposure. If you've got lead in your plumbing system, let the water run until it's cold when you turn on the tap before drinking or cooking. Save the water for your plants.

Friday

Take a shorter shower. Or, install a low-flow shower head. Water savings can really add up when you control the flow; you could save about 450 gallons a month.

Saturday

Cut water waste: Check for leaking faucets, toilets or pipes around the house. You could be losing 10 gallons per day to leaking faucets, toilets or pipes.

Sunday

Save water when you turn on the tap for drinking: Fill a pitcher with tap water and put it in your refrigerator. You'll have a refreshing beverage at your fingertips and you'll save water by not running the tap each time you or family members are thirsty.