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Our Clean Water Work Continues
I've been thinking a lot about access to clean, reliable water during this COVID-19 outbreak. Amid all this uncertainty, we are so fortunate that we do not have to worry about protecting ourselves during times of drought or flooding, both of which impact our water supplies and infrastructure. That’s why Upstate Forever's Clean Water team is continuing to tackle issues that affect our drinking water sources and the natural lands that contribute to their health (from the comfort of our pajamas).
Stay safe and be well,
Megan Chase
Clean Water Advocate, Upstate Forever
The value of water during a global health crisis
Without question, access to clean drinking water provides health and security during a global health crisis.

In between our Zoom meetings and frequent trips to the fridge, let’s take time to notice the daily conveniences that allow us to connect and stay healthy.
Drinking water safe from virus
Worried about the coronavirus in our drinking water? Good news: according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , our water treatment systems are built to remove and disinfect the coronavirus, and our water utilities are working overtime to ensure that all of our household water needs are met. Have you thanked your water service lately?
At-home activity
As we spend more time at home, our household water uses (and water bills) will go up. Now is a great time to think about how much water we use in our daily life and how we can adopt simple measures for water conservation. Here's a user-friendly Water Footprint Calculator to help you estimate your total household water use ( this is a great activity to do with kids).
The Value of Water
What is the inherent value of clean, reliable drinking water? What are the risks of neglecting water as an important natural resource?

Over the next few months, UF’s Clean Water Team will be working with drinking water utilities to assess household water use and our understanding of the true value of water.
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More Clean Water Team News
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We have been awarded a grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) to develop a watershed-based plan for Lake Greenwood. This grant will allow our mapping experts to identify strategic opportunities to protect and improve water quality in the area around Lake Greenwood.  Read more about our Clean Water work .
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Upstate Forever is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects critical lands, waters, and the unique character of Upstate South Carolina.  Over the past two decades, we have worked to protect the natural assets that make the Upstate so special — our farmlands, forests, natural areas, rivers, and clean air. We are committed to ensuring that our communities are vibrant and retain their green spaces, outdoor heritage, and unique identities in the face of rapid development and significant sprawl. Our vision is an environmentally healthy, economically prosperous Upstate that offers a high quality of life now and for future generations.

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