Can you take a two minute shower? South Africa’s top music artists recorded two-minute versions of some of their most popular songs to help Capetown resident’s stick to recommended two-minute shower. Check out the music and the website to see how well you can soap and sing at the same time.
Its harvest time for all those rain-barrel-watered garden veggies.
Save water during cooking by rinsing the produce in a large bowl of water and gently scrubbing with a veggie brush. Steam the veggies instead of boiling – it preserves nutrients in addition to water. If you choose to boil, use the minimum amount of water and save it to water plants later.
And to preserve fruits and veggies, eat them in order, starting with the things that will go bad the soonest:
First: bananas, berries, cherries, kiwis, avocado, spinach, lettuce, and grapes
Second: tomatoes, mango, peaches, pears, melon, apricots, and zucchini
Third: cucumbers, pineapple, and pomegranates
Last: carrots, potatoes, celery, apples, grapefruit, and oranges
Photo © Liz Van Steenburgh
Thanks to extreme conservation efforts, a dose of heavy rains, and continued adherence to water restrictions, Day Zero has been pushed back to 2019.
Day Zero loomed ominously over Cape Town, South Africa, when all water taps to the would be shut off for 3.74 million residents due to three years of drought, population expansion, and insufficient planning.
Residents still limit themselves to 50 litres (13 gallons) of water each day, complete entire showers in 60 seconds, flush their toilets only once a day, and minimize dish washing and laundry all on reduced water pressure. In the process, Cape Town has become an international role model for urban water conservation.
Friday, June 8, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM City of Gering’s Nebraska Statewide Arboretum site tour. Meet at Gering City Plaza, 11th Avenue and N Street. Tour stops: Plaza Project, Monument Heights Island, Legacy of the Plains. Public invited to attend
Friday, June 8, Noon – 1:30 “Imagine the Possibilities” Green
Team Luncheon. Past and present Green Team or Greener Nebraska Towns team members are invited to brainstorm future public/private partnership projects and resources in the tri-city area. Please RSVP to 630-8011 before Wednesday, June 6 if you plan to attend
Friday, June 8, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM City of Scottsbluff Downtown Project Tour. Meet at the Downtown Plaza. Tour stops: Bulb-outs, parking lot rain gardens, Wellhouse 3, Guadalupe Center. Public invited to attend.
Friday, June 8, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Panhandle Planning Team BBQ @ Peaceful Prairie. Panhandle Wildflower Week Planning Team to meet at Peaceful Prairie
Friday, June 8, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Twilight Wildflower Hike at Wildcat Hills with Amanda Filipi. Meet at Wildcat Hills Nature Center. Public invited to attend.
Saturday, June 9, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Demonstration planting at Nebraska Pioneer Stadium. Please call 436-3307 if interested in volunteering.
2018 Wildflower Week Events in Western Nebraska
June 2 near Lewellen. Wildflower Talk and Walk at Ash Hollow State Historical Park at 9am. Meet at the Visitor Center and dress for walking through tallgrass prairie. 308-778-5651, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 3 near Harrison. “Wildflowers 101” talk and walk with a ranger through lowlands, prairie and rocky uplands to see a variety of wildflowers 2-4pm at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument visitor center, 301 River Rd. Trails are open dawn to dusk. email@example.com, 308-665-4110
June 7 in Chadron. Western Nebraska Landscape: planting project, water use tour and wildflower presentation. Meet at 9am at Chadron State College Range Land Lab, wear gardening togs and sunscreen; ends at noon. firstname.lastname@example.org
June 8 near Gering. “Wildflower Walk in the Wildcats” 7pm at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center, 210615 Hwy 71, Gering NE 69341. email@example.com , 308-436-3777
June 8 in Gering. Tour of municipal landscapes 10-11:30am starting from Gering City Plaza, 11th Street and N St. 308-436-6834, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 8 in Scottsbluff. “Imagine the Possibilities” brainstorming session with past and present Green Team or Greener Nebraska Town members from 12-1:30pm at Monument Shadows Grill. Please RSVP by June 6. 308-630-8011, email@example.com
June 8 in Scottsbluff. Tour of downtown landscapes from 2-3pm starting from 19th & Broadway. 308-630-8011, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10 near Harrison. “Wildflowers 101” talk and walk with a ranger through lowlands, prairie and rocky uplands to see a variety of wildflowers 2-4pm at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument visitor center, 301 River Rd. Trails are open dawn to dusk. email@example.com, 308-665-4110
June 14 in Ogallala. During the Summer Concert Series, the 2nd street bump-outs with wildflower planters between Spruce and East A will be highlighted; concerts are in Rendezvous Square on East 2nd.
Don’t overwater your lawn and remember a hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks.
Water lawns early in the morning – the lower temperature and wind speed are reduce evaporation.
Position sprinklers to water the lawn and shrubs … not the paved areas.
Raise the mower to at least three inches. Taller grass encourages deeper rooting and shades the roots to retain soil moisture.
Avoid overfertilizing. Fertilizers increase the need for water and mowing.
Sweep, not wash, clippings back to the lawn from the driveway or sidewalk. Washing the driveway can waste hundreds of gallons of water.
1. Mulch to retain soil moisture and control weeds.
2. Plant native and/or drought-tolerant grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees. Once established, they do not need to be watered as frequently and they usually will survive a dry period without any watering.
3. Group plans together based on similar water needs.
4. Choose the right water system for the job. Drip irrigation and soaker hoses work well in plant beds, while sprinklers work better on the lawn.
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Waterwise Wednesday: Hurray for Trees!
We know trees provide beauty and shade. But they also clean polluted water and provide a multitude of other benefits to the urban environment. Check out the Arbor Foundation’s interactive poster to see how trees improve our city and consider planting a tree for Arbor Day this Friday!