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Water Conservation and Rain Barrels


Why Water Conservation is Important Plus a Look At A Tip On Double Rain-Barrel Installation

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Americans have access to an abundance of water much of the time; having water available at the twist of a faucet so it becomes easy to overlook the importance of water conservation. In the United States, we use approximately 205 billion gallons of water a day for household, business/industrial, and agricultural purposes. Demands on our water resources increase as our population grows, and our population is growing at alarming rates. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the Nation's population is projected to increase to 392 million by 2050 -- more than a 50 percent increase from the 1990 population size.

Water conservation can also reduce the amount of water that needs to be processed by wastewater treatment plants connected to storm water systems, again preserving infrastructure and also reducing the amount of waste which is discharged into our nations river systems.

By utilizing rain barrels, individual citizens are helping the larger community.  Above you see a video demonstrating how to connectd two rain barrels. It is a good idea to put your rain barrels near your composting bins too – compost needs water regularly and combining your tools to make a more sustainable system is always a positive.





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Audubon Lifestyles Website Viewed by Thousands Worldwide

The Audubon Lifestyles website hasn’t been “live” for very long, but already has experienced an unprecedented amount of website traffic from visitors located all over the world. 

Over the last year the Audubon Lifestyles website has been viewed by thousands of website visitors from all 50 US states, and from 54 countries around the world.

With the recent updates to the Audubon Network, and Audubon Forum, we anticipate increased exposure and activity to the website. We are asking for your help to continue this positive trend.  Please consider linking to the Audubon Lifestyles website from  your business or personal website and help us continue to grow!

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council 


American Society of Golf Course Architects

Sustainability Campaign

Cold Climate Housing Research Center

The State of the Birds

Green Living Tips

The Daily Green

Energy Star

Bird City, Kansas 

Urbana University

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ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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