We just learned about the new Wasting Water is Weird campaign and we think you should check it out.

The EPA’s WaterSense program developed a new character who brings comedic light to water conservation, which is a refreshing break from campaigns using guilt to motivate environmentally conscious behavior. Watch “Rip the Drip” in action:

The creative brains behind this campaign found that about two-thirds of the population care about water conservation, but only about one-third do anything about it.*

Of course we hope the Wasting Water is Weird campaign sticks with people and reminds them turn off the hose when washing the car, only run the dishwasher when full, and shut off the faucet when brushing their teeth. Just remember, the little things add up to make a big difference. So if the altruistic motivation of saving the earth isn’t enough, perhaps peer pressure will do the trick. You don’t want to be weird, do you?

* http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=158447

 

Don & Becky of Community Gardeners in Development were our fearless leaders during the seven-week TeamH2OWorks program. See their reflections on the program:

And the correct answer is… B – Remember not to water with sprinklers or irrigation systems from April Fools Day through Halloween in Dallas. If you don’t live in Dallas, please remember that many area cities have a year round prohibition against watering during these hours. Watering between 10 am and 6pm is inefficient because so much water is lost to evaporation and wind. It also helps reduce your water bill in the long run because it reduces peak day demand on water treatment plants and infrastructure.

Why should you use native or adapted plants in your landscape? They grow here naturally they need much less water (once established, some can survive on our average rainfall) and are very hardy. Since you save so much water and you don’t need to buy chemicals to keep them healthy, growing these plants will save you money. And not having to pamper these tough, natural beauties also saves you a lot of time. What Don’t lesson about why invasive species do exactly the opposite http://www.youtube.com/user/TeamH20Works#p/u/14/ROtvKQJmLns

So how many gallons does the average washer use? C – The average top loading clothes washer uses 30-40 gallons per load. So always be sure you only wash full loads or adjust your water level. When it’s time to replace your washer, consider a high efficiency front loader

L’Aunjanee from East Dallas Boys & Girls Club gives her personal account of TeamH2OWorks: [http://www.youtube.com/user/TeamH20Works#p/u/0/F7vJQnKEXuI]

Hungry? You should break for lunch at Jimmy’s Food Store! We took our lunch break there during the garden program & everyone love it — they have delicious, fresh sandwiches & the best service in Dallas. Check them out: 4901 Bryan Street at Fitzhugh – Dallas TX, 75206. We love Jimmy’s & Jimmy’s love the neighborhood! http://ow.ly/i/g8iE

Video recap: Johnson Grass

August 19, 2011

The roots of Johnson grass use a lot of Dallas’ precious water, our TeamH2OWorks students put a stop to the problem:

We had wood chips galore during week four:

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