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August: Conserving Water

"He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field;  the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.”

(Psalm 104: 10-13)


August's Action item is


Throughout the stories in scripture, God uses water to liberate, to cleanse, to heal, and to give new life. God’s abundance of grace flows like that life-giving water to us all. In our daily lives, using water efficiently and carefully has a direct correlation to our energy use. For example, Paul Hawkins estimates that a 95% adoption of low-flow taps and showerheads in homes by 2050 could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 4.6 gigatons.


Try these action-items to remember the liberating, life-giving gift of God through water for us all.




​Video: Drought, The Dr. Binocs Show, Peekaboo Kidz

Blog: Schesinger, W, Water Use, Translational Ecology, April 4, 2017,




Restoring God's Earth is used with permission from Zero Waste Church, Some content has been modified by Crown of Glory. 


Week 1

  • Turn off the faucet while you're brushing teeth – a running tap can waste over 1 1/2 gallons per minute.

  • Use the leftover water to feed houseplants.

  • Use a full load in the dishwasher and washing machine.

  • Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl rather than under a running tap.

Week 2

  • Take short showers instead of baths. A four-minute shower uses 20 to 40 gallons of water.

  • Fix dripping toilets, pipes, and faucets. A dripping faucet can waste thousands of gallons of water in a year.

  • When washing dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.

  • Use a watering can or a hose with a trigger nozzle instead of a sprinkler to water the yard.

Week 3

  • Keep a reusable container of drinking water in the refrigerator.

  • Install water efficient low flow shower heads.

  • Recycle grey water for garden use.

  • Position sprinklers so water lands on lawn or garden and not on paved areas.

  • Use a bucket and sponge when washing the car rather than a running hose.

Week 4

  • Landscape your yard with drought resistant native plants.

  • Mulch plants and trees in your yard to conserve moisture.

  • Purchase water-efficient appliances, such as low-flush toilets and front-loading washers.

  • Insulate your water pipes with pre-slit pipe insulation.

  • Don’t overwater your lawn; most lawns only need about 1”inch of water each week.

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