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Water Conscious Holiday Gifts

by Laurie Trevizo

Saving water is a gift that rewards everyone. Hotter and drier weather are Santa Fe’s new normal. Giving gifts that can save water and save money may be more appreciated than ever this holiday season.

Although there are endless ways to engage in a water-conscious lifestyle, these five gift ideas can be a great start for making a positive contribution to using our water wisely.

The Water Pebble - Saving water in your shower just got even smarter. The programmable water pebble not only helps you track how much water you use in the shower by flashing yellow at the halfway mark and red when it is time to turn off the faucet, but it also incrementally shortens the stop time, training you over weeks to use water more efficiently.

Reusable Water Bottle - The City of Santa Fe delivers high quality drinking water right to your tap. Did you know it takes more water to produce store-bought bottled water than comes in the bottle? Purchasing a reusable water bottle is a convenient and easy way to save water. The stylish Never Waste Water bottle from our partner, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, encourages consumers to take simple steps to eliminate water waste in our everyday life.

Water Charity Donation - Water-focused charities promote the message that water is critical to health and social and economic well-being. You can help protect and support water sustainability by making a donation to one of the many local water charities in the name of the gift recipient. Or buy a product from a water-conscious organization. You can support water efficiency just by doing your holiday shopping online. The Alliance for Water Efficiency has partnered with Perkle on a new way to support causes. You shop at your favorite retailers, including Amazon, Macy’s, Nordstrom and hundreds of other sites, and the Alliance gets a donation.

Knowledge - Give the gift of knowledge by shopping at a local bookstore. There are numerous books available by Santa Fe authors on topics ranging from New Mexico landscaping to water efficient practices. A few good ones include:

Levi’s Water<Less Jeans - In 2011 Levi’s developed a line of jeans manufactured with less water. The Water<Less Jeans. Levi’s created a new approach to the finishing process that uses less water. The stonewashing process was reformed to a dry stone finishing rather than using water to create the effect. The results are identical but without the water used. Since not all Levi’s are Water<Less jeans, the manufacturer revamped the clothing labels on all of the jeans with water saving tips and recommended washing schedules such as wash after 3 wearing.

Laurie is the Water Conservation Manager for the City of Santa Fe Water Division. For more info about the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation programs go to www.savewatersantafe.com

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