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Protect Our Lakes, Conserve Resources

conserveOklahoma has been experience a drought for the last several years. Currently over 60 percent of the state is abnormally dry or worse. The drought conditions have left Oklahoma’s lakes in bad shape. Citizens are very concerned about water levels in Lake Texoma and many other lakes around the state.

A group of over 20,000 people have “liked” the Facebook page, Save Lake Texoma. While this group started because of a rumor that is untrue, it’s great to see people concerned about what’s going on in the state due to prolonged drought.

There are ways we can help save our lakes. Lakes like Lake Texoma provide water to towns and industries. Lake Texoma and some of the other lakes in Oklahoma also provide electricity. By conserving water and electricity we can reduce the amount of water needed from the lakes, helping conserve the remaining water.

The long term forecast doesn’t look good for Oklahoma’s drought situation. Conservation is going to become more and more necessary as time goes on. Many towns are already struggling to find enough water. Oklahoma City is working to combat this by encouraging conservation through even/odd watering days and offering discounted rain barrels to citizens.

How You Can Help

We don’t have to wait for our cities to encourage us to conserve, we can start now. There are many great ways to conserve water and energy. Here are five easy tips to get you started conserving today.

  1. Turn off the water while brushing and saving. This can save you around four gallons of water every time you brush!
  2. Stop vampire energy. Many electronics continue to use energy even when not in use, this is called vampire energy. Prevent this by unplugging items when not in use. You can also use a power strip and just flip the switch when done.
  3. Switch to CFL or LED light bulbs. While these bulbs cost more initially, they save you money on your electric bill and also last much longer than traditional bulbs. Don’t forget to recycle your CFLs because they contain a small amount of mercury. If you want to avoid the mercury, choose LED bulbs.
  4. Check for leaks in your toilet. Place a few drops of food coloring in the tank, leave it for a few hours, and if you see any in the bowl without flushing then you have a leak. Fixing toilet leaks can save around 200 gallons of water a day. And don’t forget to fix those leaky faucets ASAP.
  5. Only run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machines. It can be tempting to just go ahead and run the dishwasher even though it’s not full, or wash your favorite jeans even though you don’t have a full load. However, this wastes a lot of energy and water, so avoid the temptation.

For more tips check out Ways to Conserve Water and 10 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Electric Bill. Also share your tips below and join the conversation on our Facebook page.

Photo Credit- Dripping Faucet: Doladimeji, Power Lines: Altair, Lake: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District (USACE)

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Lisa Sharp is the founder of Green Oklahoma. She is passionate about the environment and improving Oklahoma for future generations. She also writes on her personal blog Retro Housewife Goes Green.

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