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Tips for Healthy Living - Water

You can help save water and keep our water supplies clean!

  • Use very little chemical fertilizer in your yard or garden -- or even better, learn to build a compost pile and make your own fertilizer.
  • Don't waste water. Take short showers and don't leave the water running while you brush your teeth or wash your hands.
  • Take used motor oil to a gas station for recycling.
  • Repair water leaks and dripping faucets.
  • Save paper, plastics, aluminum products and glass for recycling. Reusing these materials helps save water and reduce water pollution.
  • Plant grass and other plants on hills to prevent erosion and help water sink into the soil.

If you think your water is polluted, call your city, county or state health department. For additional information, call the Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.

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Falling Water (a poem!)

Drops on dogs, on frogs and logs
Drip - Drip - Drip. They turn and flip.
The roll and patter, slip and splatter.
Drops on dogs and frogs and logs.
Drip - Drip - Drip, they turn and flip.
Drops on noses, heads and toe'ses.
Drops on dogs, on frogs, and logs
And even on the polliwogs!
Rain is coming down on me,
And all the world that I can see!

frog in the rain
My Health My World Explorations for Children and Adults are publications of the Center for Educational Outreach at Baylor College of Medicine, made possible by a grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. For more information, contact Center for Educational Outreach, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.
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