Water, water, everywhere ... but not a drop to drink
My friend Donna recently confessed to me: at the start of her kids' showers (you know ... "Mom!! I can't get in yet, the water is tooooo cold!!), she captures the too cold water and uses it to water her plants!
I am verily impressed! It got me thinking about a tip I read, which suggested "obsess over every drop of water". At first I thought that the word "obsess" might be too strong, but then I thought about how in Asia and Africa, women walk for hours each day to collect and carry water.
If my family lived in Africa and I had to walk hours each day to fill up and carry water on my back, I would certainly obsess over water.
Why is this? Flooding and drought effect the quality and the quantity of water. Warmer weather can trigger algae blooms. In Hawaii, rising seas could mean salty water intrusion into our water supply.
I have really started to think about water much differently, obsessing, even. I did a lot of camping as an undergrad in New Hampshire. Now, as I stand at the kitchen sink doing dishes, I think about how we used water on those long overnight hikes. We carried our own water to drink, filled up at clear streams, killing bacteria with iodine tablets, and obsessed over water when doing our camp dishes.
So, in honor of my new found water obsession, I am researching and adding more ways to save water on my Small Changes page.
When I started the blog, I wanted this site to be one place where you could go to find thousands of tips, rather than searching all over the internet. I also wanted the tips to be immediate, act now, sort of advice. However, for a deeper dive, here are the resources I have used:
Finally, My husband and I are planning on doing some serious xeriscaping in order to save more water -- one day I wonder if we will look back on our lives and say "I can't believe we wasted all that water on outdoor landscaping!". More to come as we continue to push for a greener lifestyle.