Save Water! It's the Source of Life!
Rain Barrels are an environmentally friendly way to minimize water usage (and reduce a homeowners water costs) during warmer months. An effective stormwater management solution, rain barrels collect runoff from rooftops that can be used for other things, such as watering the lawn, flowers, or washing patio furniture. Using a rain barrel reduces the volume of water that needs to be treated through storm drains, minimizing localized flooding and erosion. Re-using this harvested rain water for home use eliminates 100 percent of the toxins, solids, metals and pathogens that would have reached downstream water bodies through the storm sewer.
Attached to a home’s downspout, rain barrels work by delivering water through the force of gravity. Rain water from the roof ’s surface collects in the rain barrel. A hose attached to a nozzle in the barrel allows this water to be re-used for outdoor watering needs.
1. Locate your rain barrel on level and stable ground
2. Ensure your rain barrel is watertight and has a smooth interior surface
3. Empty the water in your rain barrel weekly by using it wisely to eliminate the chances of attracting mosquitoes and other bugs
4. Disconnect and empty your rain barrel to prevent freezing during the winter months
5. DO NOT collect the run-off from tar and gravel, asbestos shingle, or treated cedar shake rooftops
Want to install a rain barrel? Visit HarvestH2O.com to learn how.
Water isn't as renewable as one may think. Once water gets polluted or enters into the ocean, it is quite expensive to filter the water back to a sanitary state. Residents and businesses must do everything in their power to conserve their water. Do not waste it. We do not live in a world in which lacks pollutants any longer. If there is no water, there is no life.
The more cars off the road, the less traffic and less fuel wasted. If you feel public transportation isn't convenient, then try carpooling in Pittsburgh. You can be the driver, or find someone to join for destinations. Visit Carpool Pittsburgh to find matches in your area!
FIVE WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR VEHICLE'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
How it Happens
We all know that cars cause pollution. But did you know that cars also cause water pollution? As we drive, our cars and trucks leave brake dust, rusty metal and bits of tires on the streets. When we park, our cars and trucks leave stains of oil, grease and transmission fluid on driveways and parking lots. Less visible are the tiny exhaust particles that gradually settle out of the air or come down with the rain or snow. What happens to all this "car dirt" when it rains? It washes off the pavement, goes down into the gutter, flows through the storm drains and eventually makes it to our lakes and streams.
How to Make a Difference
- Recycle Oil - Old motor oil can be reprocessed and used again and again. Just put it in a container with a tight lid such as a plastic jug or a metal can, and take it to a community oil recycling center. Don't pour anything else in with the oil because contaminated oil cannot be recycled.
- Use Commercial Car Washes - The dirty water from the car wash goes to a wastewater treatment plant where pollutants are removed. If you wash cars on a paved driveway or parking lot, the dirty water end up in our lakes and streams.
- Repair Leaks - Spots on your driveway or garage floor mean the engine, transmission or radiator in your car is leaking. Have the leak repaired right away, then clean up the spot by using cat litter or another absorbent material to soak up the spill.
- Recycle Antifreeze - A few recycling sites now have separate tanks for antifreeze collection. Check with your local gas station and auto repair shop - they may accept antifreeze. Never flush antifreeze down the drain; it has pollutants that may cause problems for sewage treatment plants or septic tanks.
- Return Used Batteries - Return your used car or truck battery to the place where you bought it. Do not throw old batteries in the trash or bury them - not only is it harmful, it is against the law. Old batteries contain hazardous chemicals that can leach through the soil and pollute our groundwater.
By following the simple steps listed above, we can all help reduce the pollution that comes from our cars, streets, driveways and parking lots.
Did you know? There are approximately 255,000,000 vehicles registered in the United States?
BUY LOCAL FOODS!
When you shop for local goods, you are contributing to your local communities and economies. With more economic support, communities will grow.
The stronger local farmers get, there is more insurance that local goods can be grown and raised for future generations. No farms, no food.
Local food promotes biodiversity. If we demand for a greater variety of foods, agriculture programs can become community-supported, therefore, farmers will have the support they need to raise and grow more types of produce and livestock than multinational commercial enterprises looking to save on producing one type of produce/livestock.
This is also true for cultural diversity as well.
Consumers can be empowered by a trip to the farmers' market! Consumers can learn something new about food while getting the freshest produce in-season. It is important to ask about growing practices, because buying locally does not always mean the food is sustainably produced.
Buying locally promotes a greater sense of community, boosts our well-being, and it tastes better! From farm directly to consumer, you have a better idea what you are putting into your body.
HERGE COMMUNITY GARDEN
The Township's garden, which was started in Fall of 2015, produced over 200 pounds of fruit and vegetables. The produce was donated to the North Hills Food Bank which distributed the food tolocal families in need.