If you go to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection website, you’ll see that nearly half the items on the homepage are about water. There’s the large scale, like protecting and maintaining the sewer systems and watersheds, and also the smaller scale, such as their rain barrel and residential water conservation programs. As part of their “Residential Water Survey Program,” they are giving away free water conservation kits to apartment tenants and private homeowners in New York City. This kit includes a low-flow showerhead, faucet aerators, and other devices that can be easily installed in your apartment without having to deal with your landlord. This program has the potential to make a positive impact in two really important ways: 1) by conserving water (obviously), and 2) by making residents more aware, in general, of water issues. Hopefully this awareness will lead people to look for ways to conserve water and limit their contribution to pollution in more areas of their lives.
If you live in New York City, get your free water conservation kit at: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/pdf/water_conservation_kit_2009.pdf.