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In a twist on the traditional road race this passing of the plunger took place online via Twitter. Teams of Tweeters were on their starting blocks at 9am on March 16 set to grab the ceremonial plunger and run for water across the Twittersphere using #GoldenPlungerRelayRace!
Each morning WasteWater Education posted an EPA WaterSense fact on Twitter to draw attention to the personal, environmental and financial cost of poor water use practices - such as letting faucets, toilets and outdoor sprinklers leak away expensive treated drinking water.
At the end of FALW the Team with the highest number of ReTweets, the greatest distance covered, and the most original screenshot of where the Golden Plunger has been sighted received an actual, spectacularly decorated, no expense spared fake gold plunger to display with pride!
MANY Congratulations ETWater!
This year we hosted The #GoldenPlungerRelayRace in partnership with AdvancePlumbingSystems.com of Traverse City, MI
Every day we Tweeted a "Where in the World is Flo?" image. At the end of FALW week, the first 40 Tweeters who have successfully guessed each location AND who live in the Grand Traverse area, could bring in their Lowes cash register receipts to AdvancePlumbingSystems LLC and receive a $10 Lowes Gift Card courtesy of WasteWater Education and APS! The receipts must show a water saving/repair purchase. You can also chose to donate that Gift Card back to the Father Fred Foundation.
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In 2014 the Golden Plunger Relay Race Award went to Fix A Leak Week Arizona!!
And the 'runner' up was Virginia Mason Medical Center, an award-winning, nonprofit health care organization offering a network of primary and specialty clinics around Seattle. They will receive a Silver Plunger!
And kudos to the 30+ 'also rans' who chased leaks from one side of the US to the other! Well done!
If 1 out of 100 American homes switched to water efficient fixtures, we could save over 100 million electricity kWh per year — eliminating 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Or the equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year!
Nationwide, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. That's why WaterSense reminds Americans to check their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems each year during Fix a Leak Week.
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Understanding Water Infrastructure
The simple, but pivotal, combination of 2 molecules of Hydrogen and 1 molecule of Oxygen is the basis for all life on Earth. Here's an explanation why.
Liquid Assets is a public media and outreach initiative that seeks to inform the nation about the critical role that our water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity. Combining a ninety-minute documentary with a community toolkit for facilitating local involvement, Liquid Assets explores the history, engineering, and political and economic challenges of our water infrastructure, and engages communities in local discussion about public water and wastewater issues.
We use it every day. Our basic quality of life depends on energy but our use and needs can be a mystery!
And: Powering The Planet
And the connection to water use: We have been an EPA WaterSense Partner since 2007
To understand climate and weather patterns is to understand how the basic engine we call Plant Earth hums along, occupying that 'sweet spot' in our particular solar system. Check out this amazing documentary created from stunning satellite imagery.
The OSU Climate Change Outreach Team is a partnership among multiple departments within The Ohio State University. The team’s goal is to help localize the climate change issue by bringing related research and resources to residents of Ohio and the Great Lakes region.
See the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, a NOAA tool that provides hazard and climate change data, tools, and resources; Climate Wizard, a Nature Conservancy resource providing historic or projected spatial data on temperature and precipitation for Great Lakes region areas; Climate Collaboratory, a Nature Conservancy web-based platform for collaborative research, education, and strategy development; and EPA's BASINS and WEPP (Water Erosion Prediction Project) climate assessment tools for creating climate change scenarios and assessing potential effects of climate and landuse change on water quality.
Understanding The Connections
To understand climate and weather patterns is to understand how essential this understanding is to managing existing water systems, planning for future population changes, planning for future drought and flood and anticipating how to provide enough energy and funding to maintain our current public and environmental health systems.
Our quality of life depends on a thin fragile atmosphere and the finite resource water. All Earth's water, liquid fresh water, and water in lakes and rivers Credit: Howard Perlman, USGS; globe illustration by Jack Cook, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (©); Adam Nieman. View the picture full size.
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