Celebrating Earth Day in a COVID-19 World

This April 22nd is Earth Day. And not just any Earth Day – it is the 50th anniversary of the effort to address the most urgent threats to people and the planet.

Traditionally groups of people would gather to plant trees, pick up trash, clean up shorelines and generally try to make Mother Earth a better place.

This year, that Mother is suffering from COVID-19 and large gatherings will still prove unwise. In fact,  the Wildlife Habitat Council and Earth Day Network are recommending a digital Earth Day that brings people together virtually utilizing the hashtags #EarthDay 2020 and #EARTHRISE. Join online teach-ins, virtual protests, and social media discussions. If you had a live event, they suggest rescheduling it June 5th which is World Environment Day or Earth Day’s half birthday on October 24-25.

The global water crisis is always top of mind each Earth Day. Water scarcity is a growing issue. According to UNICEF,  by 2040, one in four of the world’s children under 18 – some 600 million in all – will be living in areas of extremely high water stress. The Global Water Institute says  700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.

No matter your Earth Day plans this year, you can do your part in limiting water usage right in your own home.

Smart Water Utilization

Protect by LeakSmart with Flow not only detects leaks in your home and automatically shuts off your water supply in 5 seconds or less, helping to halt water damage, it also monitors and controls your water activity.

Set limits and track daily, weekly, monthly water usage. You can also monitor current water flow rate in real-time. Once you know how much water you are using, you can begin to mindfully cut back.

Consider taking these steps:

  1. Shut off water from the faucet in between washing and rinsing dishes, brushing your teeth or shaving. Don’t allow the water to run continuously.
  2. Install low flow toilets and shower heads. Not only do they help you save money on your monthly water bill, they save water. The newest low flow toilet styles use as little as 1.6 gallons of water per flush as compared to a standard toilet which can use from 3.5 to 7 gallons per flush.
  3. Take shorter showers. You may be oblivious to how much time you spend in your shower. Set a time and try to limit your shower to fewer than 5 minutes.
  4. Check for leaks in all likely places: dishwasher, refrigerator, toilets, and washer. Place LeakSmart sensors in these places. They will pick on leaks and alert you via your smart phone while also shutting off your water supply in 5 seconds or less.

This Earth Day embrace a virtual celebration and take the step of conserving one of the world’s most valuable, and limited, supplies – clean water.