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Rotarians told that we're all responsible for safe water

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By Carolyn Risner

Take a gallon of water, remove one tablespoon and you have the representation of potable water worldwide.

That was the opening analogy Tuesday when Charlie Smith gave a brief presentation to Williston Rotarians on how Rotary is helping preserve and protect water from Africa to Guatemala to Chiefland.

Smith, a member of both Chiefland and Trenton Rotary Clubs, is also one of the clubs’ spokesman on the Tri-County Springs Promise geared at clean water awareness.

The two clubs, along with the Dixie County Rotary, have committed time, energy and resources to spreading the word that water preservation and protection begins with each individual.

“We’re all a part of the problem,” Smith said, explaining that fertilizer, animals and septic tanks are the largest contributors to poor quality water.

“We’re all responsible,” Smith said. “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time and that’s the solution to cleaning water.”

This area’s Rotary Clubs are in District 6940, which boast 42 clubs and more than 2,500 Rotarians, he said. If each would take the Springs’ Promise, a significant change could occur with the area’s waters.

The promise includes:

• using less fertilizer, no fertilizer or slow release fertilizer on your lawn and garden.

• having your septic tank inspected and pumped every five years.

• working with IFAS on the Florida Yards and Neighborhood Landscape program to ensure you have the right plants and trees on your property.

Those making the promise and committing $50 receive a yard marker designating them as promise takers, he added.

For more information on the Springs Promise, visit www.springspromise.com.

Contact Carolyn Risner at editor@willistonpioneer.com