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Earth Day 2012

Posted Apr 23 2012 2:16am

It’s Earth Day, 2012, and as trustees of natural resources, we must protect our water supply to survive on this planet. Protect Planet Earth for yourself and generations to come by encouraging your family members and friends to turn the water off while they’re brushing their teeth (at least twice a day).

That’s all you have to do to Make Every Drop Count and be a good environmental citizen.

Depending on where your water resources come from, turning off the water while brushing your teeth can have a positive impact on springs, rivers, and wetland habitats for wildlife that would otherwise be damaged by water treatment plants. The impacts from taking water out of processing can be lessened in small ways that will positively affect the future of Planet Earth.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says, “The average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of two (2) gallons per minute. Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth in the morning and at bedtime can save up to eight (8) gallons of water per day, which equals 240 gallons a month!”

This equals a savings of 2,880 gallons of water each year for every individual in the United States who takes this simple step. You, your family, and your friends can participate in protecting our nation’s limited water supply and your children’s future every time everyone brushes their teeth.

You’ll have a better chance of saving your teeth, too. Flossing and brushing every surface of every tooth and brushing your gums every time you eat are your primary defenses against periodontal disease. Seeing your dentist or periodontist regularly is your next best defense.

Make a difference and ensure efficient use of our water supply. A conscious effort to turn off the water while you brush your teeth will use water more efficiently to preserve water supplies for future generations and protect our planet’s environment.

Visit www.epa.gov/watersense/ to learn more ways to use water and energy more efficiently.

What I know for sure is that it’s all connected.

Saundra Goodman
Got Teeth? A Survivor’s Guide
How to Keep your Teeth or Live Without Them.
www.gotteethguide.com

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