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How To's and Tips

For Bay restoration to be a success, we all must do our part. Our everyday actions - from fertilizing our lawns and using water to driving our cars to work and school - have a major impact on the Bay, one that can't be fixed by government and non-profit restoration partners alone. By making simple changes in our lives, each one of us can take part in restoring the Bay and its rivers for future generations to enjoy.

Use Chemical-Free Personal Products

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Use chemical-free lotions, cosmetics and perfumes to keep chemicals from washing off of our bodies and into our waterways.

Use Chemical-Free Cleaning Products

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Use chemical-free cleaning products to keep chemicals out of our waterways. Plain soap and water can rid surfaces of bacteria and are safer for our water supply.

Conserve Water

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Put a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up. Use the extra water for plants or pet bowls.

Fix Leaky Faucets

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Fix leaky toilets and faucets. A dripping faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day.

Turn Off the Faucet

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Turn off the faucet while you shave, brush your teeth and wash dishes. Save water and the Bay.

Dispose of Chemicals Properly

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Follow safe (and legal) disposal methods for household chemicals like paint or motor oil.

Dispose of Medicine Properly

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To keep medicine out of our waterways, don't pour expired or leftover drugs down the sink or flush them down the toilet. Instead, return unused medicine to a consumer drug return location or foul your medication with coffee grounds or cat litter and put it in the trash.

Conserve Water

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Put a sand-filled jug in your toilet tank. You'll save about one half-gallon of water with each flush.

Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

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Install a low-flow showerhead, which can save about one gallon of water per minute.

Keep Your Drain Fat-Free

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Don't pour fat, oil or grease down your drain. They can clog pipes and lead to sewage overflows over time.

Take Shorter Showers

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Take shorter showers. Cutting your shower time by five minutes can save 10-12 gallons of water per shower.

Conserve Water

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To save water, only run your dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.

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