Preparing for Drought
Many people have asked the American Red Cross for tips on conserving water for environmental reasons, as well as when drought conditions threaten. The following are ideas for water conservation:
- Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it. Use it to water your indoor plants or garden.
- Make sure your home is leak-free. When you are certain that no water is being used in your home, take a reading of the water meter. Wait 30 minutes and then take a second reading. If the meter reading changes, you have a leak!
- Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. One drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons of water per year!
- Check for toilet leaks by adding food coloring to the tank. If you have a leak, the color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. (Flush immediately to avoid stains.)
- Leaky toilets usually can be fixed inexpensively by replacing the flapper.
- Consider purchasing a low-volume toilet that uses less than half the water of older models. NOTE: In many areas, low-volume units are required by law.
- Take shorter showers.
- Replace your showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version.
- Operate automatic dishwashers only when they are fully loaded. Use the “light wash” feature if available to use less water.
- When hand washing dishes, save water by filling two containers – one with soapy water and the other with rinse water containing a small amount of chlorine bleach.
- Most dishwashers can clean soiled dishes very well, so dishes do not have to be rinsed before washing. Just remove large particles of food, and put the soiled dishes in the dishwasher.
- Operate automatic clothes washers only when they are fully loaded or set the water level for the size of your load.
- When purchasing a new appliance, choose one that is more energy and water efficient.
Try to do one thing each day that will result in saving water. Every drop counts!
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Health & Safety Classes
Punxsutawney-Oct. 4 – 6 p.m.
Clearfield-Oct. 14 -6 p.m.
Brookville- Oct. 19 – 6 p.m.
Punxsutawney- Oct. 5 – 6 p.m.
Brookville- Oct. 21 – 6 p.m.
Clearfield-Oct. 21 – 6 p.m.
Clearfield-Oct. 7 -6 p.m.
Call 765-5516 in Clearfield or 849-2712 in Brookville to register for classes or place an order.
Clearfield Bloodmobile Schedule
Friday Oct. 1 440 Front Street, Clearfield 12:00-6:00
Wednesday Oct. 6 Karthaus Lions Club 1:00-7:00
Oct. 11 Curwensville, UM Church 12:00-6:00
Oct. 15 440 Front Street Clearfield 12:00-6:00
Oct. 21 Grampian Lions- Comm. BLDG 12:30-6:00
Oct. 22 Clearfield Masonic Lodge 1:00-7:00
Oct. 27 Bigler YMCA 12:00-6:00
Oct. 29 440 Front Street 12:00-6:00
Jefferson County Bloodmobile Schedule
Oct. 13 EUM Church, Brookville 12:00-6:00
Oct. 13 Brockway American Legion 12:00-6:00
Oct. 19 SSCD – Punxsutawney 12:00-6:00
Red Cross is a United Way and United Fund Participating Agency and RSVP Station.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org. Support your American Red Cross! Checks may be sent to Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 1100 S. Second St. Suite 2, Clearfield, Pa 16830, or Clearfield-Jefferson Chapter, 18 Western Ave, Brookville, Pa 15825. VISA and MasterCard are accepted.