Water Wisdom with Leigh Adams
Practical, cross-cultural approaches to harvesting, utilizing and conserving water.
It is my honor to introduce my dear friend, colleague and a woman who I call my US mum, Leigh Adams tonight at the UNA Pasadena coffee talk. Leigh is the LA County Arboretum’s Artist-in-Residence, teacher, and garden designer, is currently curating and developing The Crescent Farm – A Living Demonstration of Water Conservation and Sustainable Landscapes at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens. Leigh will present a storyteller’s approach to thinking about, teaching, harvesting and conserving water.
We have been in a drought in California for many years and are currently faced with some tough decisions we must make regarding water. We are challenged by the ongoing drought, rapidly depleting groundwater, and our own cultural biases. Perhaps a look at how water is used in other cultures may offer some valuable clues to improving our local systems and overcoming these persistent, contemporary cultural difficulties with WATER
At tonight’s event, you will also have an opportunity to see some unique approaches taking place in your own neighborhoods. You will also hear about smart sprinkler irrigation controllers and rebates (in Pasadena rebates are as much as $250) you can receive in your area. For attendees and members you will receive a $40 discount off of a skydrop controller using the code ECMC40. The skydrop controller was created to help consumers monitor real-time weather patterns. The Smart Watering Technology gives you the power of weather based watering which saves time, water and money. Please contact me here or at email@example.com for more information on skydrop and how to receive your special offer!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm
All Saints Church Guild Room
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
$10 donation at the door all proceeds go to the United Nations Association.
It is an honor to be speaking at the Wonder Women Tech Conference this weekend. I will be speaking @ 3PM SUN 3/1 on the Main Stage about sustainable technology, supporting women in Science and the initiative to get more girls into #STEM. This fantastic event, which starts tomorrow will be packed with dynamic talks, thought-provoking panel discussions, a variety of activities, including a #hackathon, coding classes, gaming sessions, and media challenges, and the chance to meet inspiring people in tech and science #STEAM and #STEM from all over the country.
Do you know what is affecting 37 million Californians in 2015?
If you were in Southern California in December you will remember the rain. We
finally did have a few days of heavy rainfall, but that has not helped the fact that
we are still in a severe drought and the effects on over 37 million Californians is
still unknown. We do know that prolonged drought conditions in California are
increasing the risk for fires, landslides and contaminated water supplies.
California’s drought conditions are ramping up the risk for forest fires. Indirectly,
the increased risk of fires leads to the possibility of flooding and landslides. After
plants burn, they cover the forest floor with a residue that acts as a conduit for
water to flow. Then if you pour water on it, it will simply run right off. After forest
fires stop trees from holding soil, the soil enters our water supply and possibly
increasing the contamination of our freshwater.
A new analysis from NASA satellite data concluded that California would need 11
trillion gallons of water to recover from its three-year dry spell. That’s almost
equivalent to filling up Lake Meade, the United States largest reservoir, one and
a half times.
Our state needs much more rain and snow than we’ve experienced over the past
two years to end the drought in 2015. Californians, we must continue water
Remember, every drop of water is important. Use water wisely. The drought is
on–turn your water off and take shorter showers or shower with a friend.
Here are 48 indoor tips from WaterUseItWisely on how you can save water. Use
the tips that work for you, it is a guide to help you conserve water.
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1) When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
2) Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.
3) If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
4) Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
5) Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
6) Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Instead, compost vegetable food waste and save gallons every time.
7) Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
8) Don’t use running water to thaw food. For water efficiency and food safety, defrost food in the refrigerator.
9) Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
10) Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
11) Cook food in as little water as possible. This also helps it retain more nutrients.
12) Select the proper pan size for cooking. Large pans may require more cooking water than necessary.
13) If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead. Especially great for orchids.
14) Collect the water you use while rinsing fruit and vegetables. Use it to water house plants.
15) When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
16) Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
17) When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.
18) Have a plumber re-route your greywater to trees and plants rather than the sewer line. Check with your city and county for codes.
19) If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead to an energy efficiency model.
20) Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
21) Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. You’ll save up to 1,000 gallons per month.
22) Toilet leaks can be silent! Be sure to test your toilet for leaks at least once a year.
23) Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, there’s a leak. Fix it and start saving gallons.
24) When running a bath, plug the bathtub before turning on the water. Adjust the temperature as the tub fills.
25) If your toilet flapper doesn’t close properly after flushing, replace it.
I am so very honored to be profiled in Liner Magazine‘s ‘Women in
Charge’ Issue that came out this month. This issue was very special.
From soup to nuts, only women worked on the issue and only
women were featured in the magazine. The writers, the
photographers, the editors, the publisher shared their wonderful stories to
inspire other women.
Do give it a read and support wonderful women like the Founder &
Editor in Chief at Liner Magazine, Kelly Searle and her LA-based crew.
This winter issue was designed to specially to look at the lives of
women who are “shaping the world and the lives of others around
them”. The issue pays homage to all the women who
have influenced the life of the founder, Kelly Searle.
When I think about the women who have shaped my life, I immediately think about
the ‘mothers’ I have had the pleasure of having. I say mothers in the
plural sense as many women who have come before me have had
such strong influences in my life and in my life choices. My mum who
lives in Toronto taught me to never give up on anything and to always
have the fortitude to continue moving forward throughout my life.
There is my American mum, otherwise know as Leigh Adams who
besides being a fantastic sustainable gardener and colleague in the
environmental field, she has always shown me and supported me to
always use my voice and for issues that are near and dear to my
heart, such as human rights, basic rights for all men and women
throughout the world.
As we head into the holidays, which we will spend with our family or
friends or both, may you honor the ‘mothers’ in your life, the women
who have made an impact not just in your life but the lives of others
May you have a wonderful holiday season and I wish you nothing but
the best in 2015.
Andrew Nisker is Toronto-born documentary filmmaker, environmental activist and entrepreneur whose work has taken him across Canada and around the world, giving him a deep appreciation for how lucky we are to be Canadians and a desire to make this an even better nation for our children.