Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Wally's Water Wisdom - Wally's Water Conservation Camp

Hi friends! Wally here with an exciting announcement! Me and my friends at the Inland Empire Utilities Agency have teamed up to bring you... (drumroll please)... Wally's Water Conservation Camp!

This 20-day camp booklet is filled with all of my favorite summer camp activities like making s'mores, decorating t-shirts, scavenger hunts and more! What's so unique about this activity booklet is that each activity will teach you, your family and your friends about our water resources, sustainability and environmental stewardship.

To download the full activity booklet, visit Wally's Water Conservation Camp webpage and get started! You can also check out some of IEUA's other at-home activities while you're there. Don't forget to share your campsites and activity re-creations for me on social media by sending my friends @ieuawater a message with the #WWCC.


I hope you have as much fun participating in my summer camp as I did creating it for you. By the end, you might even have some water wisdom to share with me, too!

Well that's all I have for today, friends! I'll see you all soon for my next drop of water wisdom.

Your friend,

Wally

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Wally's Water Wisdom - National Hydration Day


Hi friends, Wally here to share with all of you a fun holiday coming up this month! June 23 is recognized as National Hydration Day – a day dedicated to promoting proper hydration and a healthy lifestyle. The holiday was created in honor of football coach Victor Hawkins, who invented a special mouthguard to keep his players hydrated on the field.

Especially throughout the coming summer days, staying hydrated is extremely important. Set reminders to regularly drink water throughout the day, or create marks on your water bottle to remind you of how much water you should be drinking within a certain timeframe. Reusable water bottles are perfect for this! You can even switch up your H2O intake by infusing your water with items such as lemon wedges, strawberries, mint, or cucumbers. Ahh refreshing!

Proper hydration is so important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and I hope you all will celebrate National Hydration Day with me on the 23rd!

Stay safe and hydrated and I’ll see you all soon for my next drop of water wisdom!

With love,


Wally

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wally's Water Wisdom - No Wipes in the Pipes

Hi friends!

While many of us are following health and safety guidelines by staying safe at home, I wanted to spread some water wisdom and remind you of the importance of proper disposal of wipes, tissues and paper towels in the trash can!

Did you know the leading cause of sewer blockages is due to wipes flushed down the toilet? Even "flushable" wipes clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection which could lead to messy sewer spills in your house, throughout your city and even into the ocean. This is because unlike toilet paper, wipes, tissues and paper towels are not degradable and will not fully break down when they are flushed. Once in the sewer system, they will continue to build up causing blockages and overflows. It is extremely important to do your part to properly dispose of wipes, tissues, paper towels, moist towelettes, and even "flushable" wipes in the trash can and only dispose of toilet paper in the toilet.

Remember to take care of yourself (and your pipes!) and I’ll see you all soon for my next drop of water wisdom!

With love,

Wally

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Wally's Water Wisdom - Earth Day's 50th Anniversary

Hi friends!

Earth Day is quickly approaching, and this year we’re celebrating Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary!

The history of Earth Day dates back to April 22, 1970, when 20 million Americans actively demanded change in response to an environment in crisis. The result of the first Earth Day launched a wave of action with the passing of many environmental laws including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, as well as the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. This prompted many other countries to implement similar laws and led to Earth Day celebrations around the globe. (You can learn more at earthday.org.)

Today, it’s up to each of us to make everyday Earth Day and implement changes, whether small or big, in our everyday lives to protect the Earth. Visit our Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park blog for tips on how you can be good environmental stewards of the Earth.  Just remember to follow state and county guidelines to safely celebrate Earth Day on April 22!

That’s all I have for today, friends! I’ll see you all soon for my next drop of water wisdom!

With love,


Wally

Monday, March 16, 2020

Wally's Water Wisdom - Fix a Leak Week

Hi friends!

Mark your calendars, because Fix a Leak Week is here! Did you know the average household can waste nearly 10,000 gallons of water every year due to leaks? Overall, that contributes to 1 trillion gallons of water wasted annually nationwide! Not only does this cost homeowners about 10% of their water bill, but it also wastes valuable water.

Leaks can happen anywhere, at any time. Common leaks occur from toilets, faucets and other leaky valves, all of which are usually very simple fixes. To identify leaks in your own home, first determine whether you’re wasting water and then figure out the origin of the leak. You can do this by looking at water usage during colder months or examining faucet gaskets and pipe fittings for any traces of water on the outside of the pipes.

Fix a Leak Week is a great reminder for people to find and fix leaks within their homes and at the workplace. For even more tips on identifying leaks, visit EPA.gov and take action to save water all year long.

That’s all I have for today! See you all soon for my next drop of water wisdom.

With love,

Wally

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Wally's Water Wisdom - FOG

Hi friends!

With holiday season upon us, we can surely expect our kitchens to be filled with delicious food. Great for us, but not always for our drains. This is due to FOG deposits in our sewer system. No, not atmospheric fog! This FOG stands for fats, oils, and greases which, when poured down the drain, clog our sewer lines. This leads to a decrease in sewer system serviceability and a higher chance of wastewater spills into open water bodies.

Now that you know what FOG is, it’s important to know how to prevent FOG clogs. One way is to can and seal room temperature FOG for proper disposal in the trash can. However, there are many other ways to defend your drain from FOG deposits. For example, before washing oily or greasy dishes, use a napkin or paper towel to wipe away any excess FOG and make sure to put food scraps in the trash, not through the garbage disposal.

By keeping these tips in mind, we can prevent sewer blockages this holiday season and give our disposals a holiday too!

That’s all I have for today, friends! I wish you all a happy and FOG-free holiday and I’ll see you soon for my next drop of water wisdom.

With love,

Wally

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Wally's Water Wisdom - This Week is American Education Week

Hi friends!

It’s Wally, and I’m here to celebrate American Education Week with you! American Education Week is celebrated annually prior to the week of Thanksgiving. This special week promotes the importance of education and shows gratuity towards teachers and those who provide students with quality education. This means parents, grandparents, bus drivers, custodians, librarians, and more!

The history of this celebration dates back to the early 1900’s, specifically after World War I. Distressed by the 25% illiteracy rate in WWI draftees, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Legion met to discuss ways to generate public support for education. A solution came two years later in 1921 and resulted in what we now know as American Education Week. Fun fact: the first ever American Education Week was actually celebrated in December! (nea.org)

At IEUA, we love educating students about water conservation and environmental stewardship through our Water Discovery Field Trips! See how you can schedule your FREE Water Discovery Field Trip by visiting our Water Discovery webpage and filling out a Field Trip Request Form!

Well, that’s all I have for today, friends! I’ll see you guys soon for my next drop of water wisdom!

With love,

Wally