This year, April 22nd marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day celebrated by millions of people across the world. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the United States has made tremendous progress improving air quality, cleaning up contaminated lands, and protecting our water resources. As part of that progress, the City of North Port is working hard to ensure our customers have clean, safe, and reliable water and sewer service while respecting our environment and protecting our natural resources.
As we continue to adjust to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, and many of us are staying safe at home this Earth Day, we wanted to share some environmental information and educational resources provided by the EPA for remote learning. Have a happy and safe Earth Day!
The City of North Port is also inviting everyone to celebrate Earth Day by drawing pictures, making signs, or using whatever recycled materials you have around the house to decorate the windows of your home to celebrate Earth Day with your community. Print out one of our coloring pages to hang in your window, then share pictures of your completed artwork with us on this post and use the hashtags #EarthDay2020, #EarthDayAtHome, and #NPUtilities.
The entire month of April is also Water Conservation Month! Remember to do your part and save a drop!
Great job, Liam!
Submitted from Mrs. Jarvis' kindergarten student, Liam Anderson, age 6, Atwater Elementary.
Thank you for celebrating Earth Day with us, Elena!
Submitted from Mrs. Jarvis' kindergarten student, Elena Russo, age 6, Atwater Elementary.
Did You Know ........
* There is the same amount of water on Earth as there was when the Earth was formed. The water from your faucet could contain molecules that dinosaurs drank.
* Water is composed of two elements, Hydrogen and Oxygen. 2 Hydrogen + 1 Oxygen = H2O.
* Nearly 97% of the world's water is salty or otherwise undrinkable. Another 2% is locked in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves just 1% for all of humanity's needs -- all its agricultural, residential, manufacturing, community, and personal needs.
* Water regulates the Earth's temperature. It also regulates the temperature of the human body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, protects organs and tissues, and removes wastes.
* 75% of the human brain is water and 75% of a living tree is water.
* A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.
* Water is part of a deeply interconnected system. What we pour on the ground ends up in our water, and what we spew into the sky ends up in our water.
* The toilet uses the most water in your house. Make sure it doesn't have leaks.
* One inch of rainfall drops 7,000 gallons of water.
* A gallon of water from North Port Utilities costs approximately 1.4 cents.
* A single home in North Port uses approximately 4,000 gallons of water a month. This is approximately 135 gallons a day, which costs approximately $1.89 a day.
* Water expands by 9% when it freezes. Frozen water, ice, is lighter than water, which is why ice floats in water.
* More water is used in the bathroom than any other place in the home.
* Today there are many more people using the same amount of water we had 100 years ago.
* A dripping faucet can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water a year. A leaky toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water a day.
* What's dumped on the ground, poured down the drain, or tossed in the trash can pollute the sources of our drinking water.
* Don't buy water toys that require a constant flow of water.
* Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and save 4 gallons a minute. That's 200 gallons a week for a family of four.
Do one thing each day that will save water. Even if savings are small, every drop counts.
WATER IS PRECIOUS - CONSERVE!
Learn about the Water Cycle - click below
Water Use It Wisely - To Play Tip Tank Water Conservation Game - click here
Thirsty Thirstin's Word Scramble - click here