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Saving Colorado’s water starts with you

Debbie Buckley
Vail CO, Colorado

At the heart of all water conservation programs is personal responsibility and an acknowledgement that “I” am a member of the local community.

One person alone will have a tiny impact on conserving Colorado’s water, but collectively, we make a gigantic impact.

Water has been called the gold of the west, but water is more like oxygen than gold.

Life depends on both oxygen and water. Just like the air we breathe, we need water for life itself. Unlike gold we can’t mine water and then move on, so we must all be more conscious of conserving a limited resource.

Remember 2002 and the restrictions?

While government plays a limited role, we as individuals, have a community based responsibility in conserving our water resources.

With a growing population, it is essential for all of us to use our water resources as efficiently as possible.

Government agencies like Eagle River Water and Sanitation District that I was elected to serve on, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board are working diligently to facilitate efficient management of water and increase storage capacity in Colorado.

Our community cannot wait for local politicians to solve this problem.

Limiting our water use now preserves our communities, lifestyles, recreation, wildlife and assures that there is a water supply for future generations.

There are hundreds of ways to save water ” but none of them work without you!

Do one thing each day that will save water. Even if savings are small, every drop counts.

There are lots of easy common sense ways to save water.

– Wash your produce in the sink or a pan that is partially filled with water instead of running water from the tap.

– Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water houseplants.

– Teach your children to turn the faucets off tightly after each use.

– Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save about 4 gallons a minute.

– Wash clothes and dishes only when you have a full load.

– Cook food in as little water as possible. This will also retain more of the nutrients.

Communities and individuals can have a big impact on water conservation by introducing native plants and using xeriscape methods in your landscaping.

By dramatically reducing your landscape watering needs, a xeriscape yard can lower your overall water consumption by as much as 50 percent.

For more water saving tips go to http://www.erwsd.org/conserve.htm and http://www.cwcb.state.co.us/Conservation.

Ben Franklin put it well with one of his famous quotes: “We will not appreciate water until the well runs dry.”

Together we can control what we use and conserve this precious resource for future generations.

Enjoy the summer and remember to please Use Water Wisely.

Debbie Buckley is an Avon resident and an Eagle River Water and Sanitation District board member. E-mail comments about this column to editor@vaildaily.com.


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