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Water Conservation Tips - Fairwood UMC

Washington state experienced a drought year in 2001.  Sharon Kenyon, Earth Ministry’s Colleague at Fairwood Community United Methodist Church in Renton, WA (one of Earth Ministry's Greening Congregations) and the church’s Social Concerns Committee decided to help members learn (from one another) about water conservation. 

abundant waterDuring a spring worship service, each member received a blank “resource conservation ideas” sheet on which to write down their ideas for household conservation around water use, energy, and transportation.  People (including children and youth) were given enough time to write down their ideas, and the Social Concerns Committee compiled the ideas into a “Resource Conservation Ideas” booklet.  The Committee then made the booklet available to all members.  Here are but a few of the water conservation and care ideas that members shared with one another:

  • Fix leaky faucets, pipes, and toilets [they can waste 20 to 200 gallons of watereach day].  Install low-flow faucets, toilets, and showerheads.
  • Mulch flowerbeds and gardens to prevent water loss due to evaporation.  Use drip and soaker hoses.  Garden organically … no “weed ‘n feed.”  Compost.  Plant native and drought-tolerant plants that require less water than exotics.
  • Don’t water your lawn.  Make your lawn area smaller every year.  Water grass early in the morning or late in the evening [this prevents evaporation].  Aerating the lawn saves water and improves soil’s health without chemicals.
  • Wash with non-phosphate detergents [nontoxic, biodegradable, and phosphate-free cleaning agents help to reduce algae growth that suffocates fish and other aquatic life].
  • Use car washes that recycle water instead of washing your car at home.


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