Earth Calendar for April 7th and April 8th

Apr 7, 2014

Almost one-third of the water the average family uses—some 100 gallons a day on average—ends up on yards and gardens.  

Nationwide, more than 7 billion gallons a day go to landscape irrigation. If that weren’t problem enough, as much as half that water is wasted. It falls on sidewalks or evaporates into the air before it ever reaches the ground. With a few simple changes to the way you water, you can save a precious resource and lower your bills at the same time.
If you have an in-ground irrigation system, just one broken sprinkler head could waste up to 25,000 gallons of water and more than $90 over the course of a six-month watering season.  Spring is the perfect time to make sure your irrigation system is ready for warmer weather and the watering season. Before you ramp up your watering this season, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select.
Inspect your system for damaged sprinkler heads and repair or replace them if necessary.
Connect pipes and hoses tightly and look for pools on the lawn to see if there’s a system leak.
Direct sprinklers away from sidewalks and driveways, which don’t need water.
Select a WaterSense labeled irrigation controller, which uses local weather data to give your lawn only the water it needs, when it needs it.  The Environmental Protection Agency provides more information at the website.

On Our calendar: Western Wildlife Corridor presents their Wildflower Festival, Friday, April 11th 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The family event will include nature games, activities for kids, a wildflower plant sale, a painting class and displays by local environmental organizations. The festival location is College of Mt. St. Joseph, Harrington Student Center, 5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati Oh. More details about this free event at the website.