No Water No Life

Reducing Our Water Consumption

Threats to our fresh-water resources can sound pretty dismal… but there’s good news: we can reduce consumption and each make a difference using a guitar, a green thumb, art and especially enthusiasm. We can start new habits. Africans use 5 to 13 gallons of water/day on average and Europeans use 30 gallons. But in North America we use a wasteful average of 150 gallons per person per day. We must use LESS!

NWNL gave an educational lecture to Gina Brown’s 8th grade science class at The Springfield Renaissance School. Here are some of their ideas and advice on water consumption.

• Keep tap-water in fridge so you’re less likely to use bottled water and buy reusable water bottles
• Use low chemical soaps when washing car, and wash cars less
• Don’t water lawn after rain, water lawns less often
• Invest in foot-pedal, leaning or hands-free faucets
• Only do laundry with a full load, use detergent that doesn’t necessitate separating clothes
• Use water-conscious plants and be careful about their placement: i.e. Place at the bottom of hill to catch surface run off
• Make a composting bin
• Do not litter anywhere
• Buy soda maker contraption to save on waste
• Use a timer in the shower and turn off when soaping up or shaving
• Don’t leave sink running when washing dishes
• Eat more chicken!!! (instead of beef, which has a much higher virtual water content)


Louisiana, Aerial of Atchafalaya Basin, elevated highway over logged Lake Henderson (aka Henderson Swamp), wetlands.

Saturday, Feb 2nd is WORLD WETLANDS DAY!

Let’s celebrate our marshes, swamps and bogs on World Wetlands Day! This date marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention, on February 2, 1971. The purpose is to focus global attention and raise awareness of the importance and values of wetlands, stimulate political action and empower people to become agents of sustainable development.

NWNL Currents!

Fish market NWNL is in Kenya, at the terminus of the Omo River, documenting lake water levels, quality, the fish population and interviewing stakeholders and stewards. NWNL is researching alternate livelihoods for Turkanans who will be faced with much lower lake levels due to Ethiopia’s upstream dams and irrigation projects.

Feb. 20–24, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico:
“Meet the Explorers” – Alison M. Jones will discuss NWNL findings on a panel of members of the Explorers Club Conservation Committee and be part of conservation meetings these 4 days on water issues.

NWNL images from the Omo River Basin are featured in a recent article by Peter Bosshard, "How Chinese Loans Could Fuel Regional Conflict in East Africa."

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