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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Wally's Water Wisdom-October is National Energy Awareness Month

Hello everyone, Wally here with some important news!
October is here and it doesn’t just mean sweet treats and haunted houses, it’s also National Energy Awareness Month! National Energy Awareness Month is aimed at promoting energy optimization and environmental well-being, something really important to us at IEUA. It’s a great way to understand the role energy plays in the world around us and take into consideration ways we can contribute to water and energy efficiency.

solar panel under blue skyAt IEUA, we’re always looking to make sure we are operating as efficiently as we can and generating as much clean energy as we can. Because of this, we’ve installed 3.5 megawatts of solar power at four of our facilities, a 1 megawatt wind turbine, and 4 megawatts of energy storage systems throughout our facilities. All of this would be able to power over 600 homes! WOW!

But there are easy ways you can contribute to water and energy efficiency, too! For example, only running full loads in the clothes washer and using cold water will save energy and 15-45 gallons of water per load. Taking 5-to-10-minute showers instead of baths and turning off the water while we brush our teeth are also really easy ways to contribute.

gray stainless steel faucetCelebrating National Energy Awareness Month is essential to ensuring ourselves, others, and future generations understand the concept of energy and its importance on national prosperity. But don’t limit yourself to just October, celebrate energy awareness all year long and know that you have the power to contribute to a more sustainable future!

Talk to you all soon!

Your friend,
Wally

Thursday, June 13, 2019

WALLY’S WATER WISDOM—SUMMER PLANTING TIPS


Hello friends!
Summer is in the air and I’ve got some great tips to help keep those gardens bright, fresh and beautiful while protecting the environment at the same time!

Did you know that drip irrigation is one of the most efficient types of irrigation systems? Drip irrigation helps to reduce evaporation by delivering water directly to a plant’s roots and creates no pollution and no runoff. It is very important that plants are watered slowly because it allows water to soak into the soil and prevents water loss from runoff.

Irrigation systems are a large factor for not only plant growth, but for water conservation as well! While automatic controllers are an excellent tool, they can still waste about 50 percent more water outdoors when programmed incorrectly. If you are utilizing an automated irrigation system, it is essential to ensure the sprinkler head is faced the proper way (away from sidewalks, driveways and streets), the system is programmed according to your city’s requirements and verify the system is free of all leaks! Always remember to save water—irrigation systems should be turned off and left off until 48 hours after the rain stops.

Mulch is an excellent resource produced by a variety of different organic materials such as grass clippings, hay, shredded bark, etc. that can be utilized for reducing evaporation. The substance is often spread over the surface of soil in planting beds and around trees to help retain moisture. In addition to mulch, compost has many great benefits for gardening with a much healthier impact on our environment. Compost is made up of mixed organic matter that has been allowed to naturally decompose—creating rich nutrients for the soil that will help plants thrive. 

That's all the tips I have for now friends!

With love,
Wally

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Wally's Water Wisdom—The month of August is Water Quality Month


WALLY’S WATER WISDOM

Hello everyone, it’s Wally! I hope everyone has been having a fun-tastic summer break so far! I’m coming back to you all with some important news for the month of August. The month of August is Water Quality Month which helps to remind us how important it is to take care of our resources by being educated, aware and responsible. Although the Clean Water Act was put into effect in 1972, many people are still unaware of little factors that contribute to water contamination. Water is an extremely valuable resource to everyone here on Earth. While one person alone may not produce enough pollution to shut down a beach, our actions combined may produce a more prominent and negative effect on our environment.
Here are a few simple steps you can follow to conserve our valuable resources:
  • Do not flush expired or unused medications down the toilet or drain.
  • Do not pour cooking oil down the drain.
  • Do not pour cooking oil down the drain.
  • Do not dump anything but water down storm drains.
  • Choose nontoxic household products when possible.
  • Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
  • Pick up after your pets.

Take a stand and do your part! Be my water-wise friend by helping me spread this message. It is our responsibility to do everything we can to keep our water clean. The more people that are aware, the easier water conservation becomes. Keep up the great work, and I’ll see you next time friends!

With love,
Wally 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Water Discovery Field Trip

Don't miss out on the Water Discovery Field Trip

It’s never too early to start planning your class’s FREE Water Discovery Field Trip! This program aligns with California State Curriculum Standards in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), and even covers Next Generation Science Standards as well. Personalize a timeline of activities for your field trip to match any grade level between K-12.


Students will learn about the basics of water conservation, wetlands, and wildlife habitats. All students will have the opportunity to observe a variety of different plants and animals throughout the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park on a private nature walk tour led by a facilitator.

California state schools and organizations are eligible for transportation funding through mini-grants from IEUA. Each school can qualify for $500-$1000 through this application process.

Have a fun-tastic summer break and hope to see you in the fall!

To schedule a FREE Water Discovery Field Trip, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/ and click "Schedule a Field Trip" to fill out the field trip request form.

For more information on activities, curriculum alignment, scheduling calendar, and busing grant application, visit: www.ieua.org/facilities/chino-creek-wetlands-educational-park/water-discovery-program/