On Nov. 17, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 2 drought for 53 counties including the Metro Atlanta area. With limited a limited supply, conservation measures are imperative. To assist residents, the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management has partnered with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department to offer free water conservation kits available at all Atlanta fire stations.
Residents who install water conservation kits in their home can save an average of $600 a year and conserve 139 billion gallons of water a year.
To preserve our water supply, Watershed Management also is hiring additional crews to address the backlog of leak reports across the city.
Each water-saving kit contains the following:
· A 1.5 gallon-per-minute (gpm) showerhead
· 2 5 gpm bathroom faucet aerators
· 1 1.5 gpm kitchen faucet aerator
· Toilet leak detection tablets
Conserving water enables the City of Atlanta to properly utilize the current water supply more efficiently and ensures ample supply for fire protection.
Here are some additional ways Metro Atlanta residents can save water:
- Use a rain gauge to determine how much it has rained over the week before watering outdoor plants.
- Water in several short sessions instead of one long session. This reduces runoff and allows water to infiltrate soil and plant roots.
- Only water lawns when needed.
- Check and repair leaks outside the home.
- Shorten showers and turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth.
- Fill dishwashers and washing machines – make sure the load is full every time.
For more information on water conservation tips, visit www.atlantawatershed.org and join the conversation via social media @ATLWatershed.
Ingredients (serves 4)
Start by sautéing one chopped jalapeño (take out the seeds if you don't want the spice), and two cloves of chopped garlic in a saucepan or small pot (anything with high sides that fits two cans of corn works) until they're fragrant and just starting to soften. Then add two cans of whole kernel corn (not creamed corn), an entire block of cream cheese, a couple of tablespoons of butter, and a large handful of grated cheddar and Parm, and stir through until it's melty and delicious. Season with salt and cracked black pepper. At this point, the kitchen smells so good, with aromas of sweet corn, spicy peppers, and melted cheese. Now’s the time to pour it into a baking dish, sprinkle with a half cup of breadcrumbs, about a half a cup of Parm a handful of chopped herbs (usually a mix of fresh thyme and sage or whatever I have on hand after cooking the turkey).
The best part is that you can totally prep this the day before—just skip the breadcrumb topping until you're ready for the oven. When it's almost show time, bake at 375° degrees until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 15 minutes.