Rain barrel displayBaylake Bank Builds Water Conservation Awareness

August 3, 2010 - Do you remember your Grandmotherís rain barrel? In previous generations, saving water was a matter of practicality, and saving money. Now, conserving water and reducing storm water runoff is a matter of environmental necessity. Thatís why Baylake Bank is helping local organizations in Door and Kewaunee Counties to educate the public about rain barrel solutions and drawing public attention to Great Lakes Unitedís water conservation efforts at the 2010 Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival.

Baylake Bank will be providing information and displaying rain barrels in select Baylake Bank offices beginning this week, with the goal of helping build awareness and understanding of water conservation. Customers are invited to pick up a brochure and register to win one of two rain barrels in a drawing to be held on August 18, 2010.

Public awareness of water conservation is also a key focus of the non-profit international organization Great Lakes United. GLU forged a partnership with the American Sail Training Association to utilize the Great Lakes United TALL SHIPS CHALLENGEģ as a means for educating the public through fun and interactive programs amid festivals at seven Great Lakesí ports, including the 2010 Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival in Green Bay, August 13 -15, 2010. This is the first time the race series has taken place in all five Great Lakes, five American states, and one Canadian province.

According to Great Lakes United, the Great Lakes contain an astounding 6 quadrillion gallons of water, but less than one percent of this water is renewed each year. Everyday 1.9 billion gallons of water are withdrawn from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. This water is lost to the environment through evaporation, and incorporation into products and other processes. However, most water consumption occurs in homes and industries supplied by public water providers. Increasing the efficiency of appliances and rethinking industrial processes can greatly reduce water use.

ďBy helping encourage the use of rain barrels, we hope that we are in a small way helping protect the resources of the waterways that are so fundamental to our life, our businesses, and our economy,Ē said Sue Anschutz, Baylake Bank Senior Vice President of Marketing.

Equal Housing Lender.  Member FDICBaylake Bank serves its Wisconsin communities from financial centers in Brown, Door, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Waupaca, and Waushara counties and from its website at www.baylake.com. For more information call (920) 743-5551 or 1-800-267-3610. For information about the Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival, go to www.tallshipgreenbay.com.