Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Water Woes and Tips for Saving Water #eco

You ever have one of those days?  I had a jam packed weekend and was trying to figure out how I was going to accomplish it all and still drive 2 hours to a Mother's Day, graduation and birthday party on Sunday.  I was doing okay and making decent progress on my tasks on Saturday.  That was, till we had a plumbing problem.  Not that major, but one where the water in the entire house had to be shut off.

Of course, my hair desperately needed washed but I figured since I was just going to be working around the house, that I would wait another day.  I knew cooking would be difficult without water.  And then I started thinking about toilets. Can't flush those without water.  Four people and two days without water?  That could make for a stinky house.

Fortunately, the campground about 20 minutes down the road had some cancellations due to Friday's rains and we were able to get in there.  They, of course, had water!  So, within an hour, we had the camper hooked up, had overnight bags, and what little food was left in the house.  (Of course, I had planned to go to the grocery late Saturday evening, so we were sparse on the basics.)

We take water for granted, until we don't have any.  Of all the earth's water, only a very small amount is usable for humans.  We need to take care and conserve when we can.

We all know the basics--shorter showers, don't run water while brushing teeth, etc. I have a couple more suggestions for the family.

  • We use refillable water bottles when we go places.  Sometimes, when we get home, there is still water in them but they need to be washed.  I collect that water and use it in the dog bowl (seriously, Fido does NOT care) or water house plants (they don't care either) with it.
  • Don't use as much ice in your beverages.
  • Finished with your ice cold beverage and find you still have ice?  Toss the cubes on house plants or in the planters outside.  Once again, trust me, the plants don't care!  
  • If you can, reuse water when doing laundry.  My mom had wash tubs right next to her washing machine.  She would allow the second rinse water (which is pretty clean) to fill up in her laundry tub.  Then she would use that water to fill up the washing machine for the next load of laundry.  (Unfortunately, I don't have room for this type of setup.)
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when there are full loads.  
  • Stop!  Don't toss what you wore in the dirty laundry without checking it first.  If there are no odors or stains, it can be worn again before washing.  (Your clothing will also last longer.)
  • When watering outdoors, morning (or evening) is the best time to get the most out of the water you use.  Watering in the afternoons is wasteful as much of the water is evaporated.
  • Wash your car at a car wash that recycles the water.
Remember, not only do you conserve water, you will save money on your water bill!

**I usually keep a pitcher by my sink to catch leftover ice and water.  I then use it to fill my water cans.

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