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This Steve Carell-narrated PSA has some great tips on saving water.

"It's time to ask ourselves every time we go to use water, 'Is this a good use of our friend?'"

Water is essential to all our lives.

We use it to cook, clean, drink, and just ... live. Water keeps us alive! It keeps us washed! It keeps us, well, us! In other words, water is our friend — one of our best friends.

A new PSA from the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles narrated by Steve Carell walks through some of the ways we're a bit wasteful with water, and how to change that.


GIFs via Eric Garcetti.

For being so important, we sure waste a lot of water.

Leaky faucets, long showers, and watered lawns add up to a lot of wasted water.

The mayor's office released a list of tips to reduce water use inside the home.

It includes simple tips like turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth and shaving, cleaning your driveway with a broom instead of a hose, and only washing full loads of laundry.

Taking shorter showers and using a water-efficient showerhead is another quick tip to save on water.

It turns out that fixing a leaky faucet can save up to 300 gallons of water per month, and high-efficiency faucet aerators can cut water use from sinks by up 75%.

For those with yards, outdoor water use makes up roughly half of all residential water consumption.

Pool owners are encouraged to use a pool cover to stop thousands of gallons of water from evaporating. Same goes for using weather-based sprinkler controllers for watering yards.

And finally, California residents can embrace natural, native-to-the state yards. Kentucky bluegrass isn't necessarily suited for California (more, you know, to Kentucky).


Whether you're enduring the California drought or you're just taking a look at what you can do to help conserve water, the tips found at savethedropla.org are really useful.

Watch the SaveTheDropLA PSA below and take a look at what you can do to conserve water.

The video is also available in Spanish.

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How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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This is why a short video testimony from a teacher in the Atlanta suburb of Gwinnett County went viral recently. After all, it's hard to deny the points made by someone who was just named teacher of the year and used the occasion to announce why he will be leaving the very school district that just honored him with that distinction.

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