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Wessler Employees Talk About World Water Day, March 22

Posted by Marty Wessler on Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

World Water Day is marked on March 22 every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year.

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This issue is also the theme of the annual UN World Water Development Report which is launched on World Water Day.  In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'.

We asked Wessler Engineering employees to tell us about how they personally help to conserve water at home, and some easy conservation tips for anyone to start doing today.

Adam Downey, Operations Specialist

What have you done at home to help conserve water?

I installed three rain barrels at my home in downtown Lafayette a few years ago which I use to water the flower gardens and my pepper plants in the summer.

If people could make just one easy change to help conserve water, what would you recommend?

Purchase less bottled water and fill reusable bottles from the tap; sure, a bottle of water is a bottle of water but people tend to forget how much water is used in the production of those disposable bottles they buy each week.

Joe Bartos, Project Engineer

What have you done at home to help conserve water?

-take shorter showers
-do larger, more infrequent loads of laundry

If people could make just one easy change to help conserve water, what would you recommend?

-keep bathroom faucet off while brushing teeth

Ryan Brauen, Project Manager

What have you done at home to help conserve water?

We have installed low flow shower heads, faucets, and toilets. Our dishwasher and washing machine are both high efficiency units, and the washing machine uses a spray rinse instead of full clothes submergence. Our landscaping requires little, to no watering throughout the year.

If people could make just one easy change to help conserve water, what would you recommend?

Shut the water off while brushing your teeth.

Nancy Hanley, Administrative Assistant

What have you done at home to help conserve water?

At home we changed to low flow showerheads and I try to collect water that I run while it is warming up and use it on my plants. It also helped that my daughter moved out.

If people could make just one easy change to help conserve water, what would you recommend?

Think! Go the extra step. Don't let water run while brushing your teeth.

Tyler Graves, Business Development 

What have you done at home to help conserve water?

On the rare occasion my wife let's me have a cocktail, I use diet coke instead of water as a mixer.

If people could make just one easy change to help conserve water, what would you recommend?

Using rain barrels for watering plants and gardens. 

Ryan Sidler, Project Engineer

What have you done at home to help conserve water?

I only run full loads of laundry through the washing machine so I don't have to do as many loads.

If people could make just one easy change to help conserve water, what would you recommend?

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.

Stanley S. Diamond, Senior Project Manager II

What have you done at home or work to help conserve water?

I have helped water utilities plan, construct, and place in operation backwash water treatment and recycle facilities that have eliminated the discharge of water treatment residuals to our source waters and enable the utilities to reclaim millions of gallons of water annually.

If people could make just one easy change to help conserve water, what would you recommend?

Install rain barrels and use the rain water for lawn and garden irrigation. Not only will that reduce the volume of potable water that we have to produce and distribute, but in communities where there are combined sewers the use of rain barrels will reduce the volumes of combine sewage that overflows to our streams and rivers during rain events.

Michael Ellis, Environmental Scientist

What have you done at home to help conserve water?

While I live in suburbia, I do not water my lawn during dry periods despite the occasional need. I take relatively short showers. Teeth brushing and any dish washing is conducted with conservation in mind. The washing machine is only ran when full. Most importantly, I am regularly advocating to my children to conserve water.

If people could make just one easy change to help conserve water, what would you recommend?

Not water their lawns as frequently as some people do.

Adam Sitka, Project Engineer I

What have you done at home to help conserve water?

I've rerouted the discharge piping of my sump pump to allow it to water our gardens. Previously the sump pump discharged into the yard and created a muddy mess. I've installed additional discharge piping and valves to allow the sump pump to discharge into either of our two gardens or to the yard. My wife and I are avid gardeners and this really helped everything take off, reduced the flooding in the yard and was a green and effortless way to water the gardens!

If people could make just one easy change to help conserve water, what would you recommend?

Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth and hard wash dishes over using a dishwasher.

Mary Atkins, Senior Project Manager

What have you done at home to help conserve water?

We are remodeling our house. We replaced the old toilets with low-flush Toilets. And we have a rain barrel on one downspout. We water our sapling trees and landscaping with the rain barrel water.

What do you do to help conserve water at home? Let us know in the comments below!
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