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How to Conserve Water

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Photo shows water cycle clip art. It is important to conserve water on the First Coast and help sustain our natural resources.

Water conservation is something that we can all participate in, even in areas where water seems abundant.  In addition to saving money on your water bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

Saving water at home does not require any significant cost outlay. For example, 75% of water used indoors is in the bathroom, and 25% of this is for the toilet. The average toilet uses 4 gallons per flush. You can invest in a ULF (ultra-low flush) toilet which will use only 2 gallons per flush. But you can also install a simple tank bank, costing about $2, which will save .8 gallons per flush. This saves 40% of what you would save with the ULF toilet. Using simple methods like tank banks, low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators you can retrofit your home for under $100.

Using water-saving features you can reduce your in-home water use by 35%. The average household, which uses 130,000 gallons per year, could save 44,00 gallons of water per year. On a daily basis, the average household, using 350 gallons per day, could save 125 gallons of water per day. The average individual, currently using 70 gallons per day, could save 25 gallons of water per day.

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First Coast Blessings in a Backpack

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Thank you to Walmart, at Kernan and Atlantic for presenting a check to First Coast Blessings in a Backpack for $2000.

Tom and Robin Braddock, owners of SERVPRO of Mandarin serve on the Board and volunteer for First Coast Blessings in a Backpack. Pictured above is Manager Sedrick from the local Walmart located at Kernan and Atlantic, presenting a check for $2000 to First Coast Blessings in a Backpack.

  • Our local Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack provides public school children who are on the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program with food to take home on weekends during the school year
  • Blessings in a Backpack is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization currently feeding over 89,000 children in over 1,100 schools in 47 states and Washington D.C.
  • The program is a hybrid of private sector funding and public partnership. We are feeding the future of America, one school at a time.

To learn more about our local chapter of Blessings in a Backpack and see how you can get involved, visit