No air conditioning? Stay cool with these water tips:
1. Drink cold water – ideally ice water. Keep ice water in a reusable insulated water bottle to sip throughout the day to cool off and stay hydrated.
2. Dip feet in cool water, just enough to cover the top of the feet. While the feet soak, dab a cold washcloth or ice pack on pulse points — temples, neck, elbow crooks, wrists, behind the knees, and ankles.
3. Take a tepid or cool shower or bath.
4. Chill sheets and take a freezer pack to bed. Wrap the pack in a washcloth and put it in a water-tight Ziploc bag to avoid leaks and condensation.
5. Spritz curtains with water or hang a damp sheet in front of an open window or fan. The breeze evaporates water as the it passes over the damp curtains or sheet. Setting a tray or bowl of ice in front of a fan is another option.
Groundwater naturally recharges as rainfall or other surface water infiltrates into the ground. Precipitation falls on the land, soaks through the soil and moves to the water table. Natural recharge can also occur when water seeps from rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands to the water table. Much of Gering’s groundwater recharge occurs this way from the North Platte River and canal systems.
However, low precipitation this winter means groundwater levels haven’t recharged to typical levels. This makes water conservation more important.
Plan now to conserve water with: – native plant landscapes – efficient watering systems set with water saving practices like a drip system set for early morning or late evening watering and moisture sensor to avoid over watering. – water harvesting practices like rain barrels or directing downspouts to lawn and garden areas – utilizing indoor water saving techniques like shorter showers, full laundry and dishwasher loads and low-flow faucet taps and shower heads.
February holds several dog and cat designations: Dog Education Month, National Cat Health Month, Pet Dental Health Month and Responsible Pet Owners Month.
Part of good pet care is properly disposing of their waste. Pet waste is a leading source of both nutrient and bacteria pollution to urban streams and waterways. Feces carry concentrations of nitrogen, phosphorus and pathogens like Salmonella, E. Coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium.
Pet waste pathogens threaten the safety garden grown food and drinking water supplies and can lead to severe intestinal diseases in humans when ingested.
Avoid expose family and friends by picking up and properly disposing pet waste. Pet waste be collected then either flushed or sacked and placed in the trash.
Just one teaspoon of salt in five gallons of water creates a concentration toxic to some aquatic life and increases the corrosivness of water.
Road salts and most deicers contain chloride. When the snow and ice melt, the salty runoff flows down the storm drains to the North Platte River. Chloride is virtually impossible to remove from a waterbody.
Avoid chloride pollution with these tips: – Shovel early and often to prevent snow compaction and ice formation.
– Scrape ice with an ice scraper or ice chisel.
– Salt or de-ice as a last resort. Salt or de-ice ONLY if pavement temperature is warm enough for application to be effective. Otherwise, lightly sprinkle sand for traction.
– Sweep residue after the melt to prevent residual salt, de-icer, or sand from washing into storm drains.
This week’s sustained freezing temperatures could wreck havoc on water pipes. Protect your pipes by:
– Opening cabinet doors under sinks adjacent to outside walls. – Letting water drip slowly from inside faucets. – Keep the doors shut on an attached garage if plumbing is routed through the space. – Protect pipes that have frozen in the past
If the pipes freeze: – Shut off the water immediately. – Thaw slowly by applying heat with a hair dryer, space heater, or hot water. – After thawing slowly turn water on to check for cracks and leaks.