Plow and Hearth Introduces WaterColors

| 3/26/2012 12:06:53 PM

The American lifestyle requires a great deal of water usage. It is estimated that each person uses an average of 124 gallons of water each day. This precious resource is not only used for drinking, cooking and cleaning but agricultural endeavors need a great deal of water.  Typically, outdoor water use accounts for up to 50 percent of water consumed by households.

Most Americans live within a mile of a river or stream and everyone needs to do their part to protect this valuable natural resource. Healthy rivers give us clean drinking water, support habitats for fish and wildlife and provide endless recreational opportunities. Simple steps can help conserve water and save money too. Try turning off the water while brushing your teeth to save two gallons a minute. And fix leaky faucets – one drip per minute can waste up to 2,700 gallons a year. In your yard, use mulch to help retain ground moisture, and when you do water, early mornings and late evenings are the best times. 

From rivers to tree roots to drinking water and beyond, clean water keeps the world flowing. Plow & Hearth has decided to raise awareness for American Rivers, the nation’s leading river conservation organization by launching the WaterColors contest.

To enter simply submit an artistic expression inspired by water and colors. These creations may be photos of rain barrels, water bottles or watering cans that have been painted. Anything that captures the spirit of Water Colors, including photos of the creative ways a particular garden has been planted, drawings of rivers, poems or stories about water. Plow & Hearth’s sustainability committee says “It’s the perfect opportunity to be creative, express yourself and support a great organization” by raising awareness.

Entries will be collected through September 30, 2012. Once the contest has ended, up to five finalists will be selected from all entries. The final selection will be placed on Plow & Hearth Facebook for bidding purposes for the 3 Grand Prize winners.

First Place