Feb 4, 2013

Sustainable Shifts: Conserve Water

We are all responsible for making choices that support a healthy planetWater is a precious resource, without it, there is no life. With population increasing and fresh water supply decreasing, it's imperative we make conscious choices now to conserve water

Many of us have had access to clean, running water all our lives, and may take it for granted. Here are some simple shifts you can bring into your daily life to honor the sacred element of water on this planet. 

* Take showers instead of baths. This one is hard for me. To compromise, I plug the bath up when I take a shower, sit in the rain, and get the best of both worlds. When not washing my hair, I then use my bath water to water my plants. 

* Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap. Then water your plants with the rinse water.

* Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month. Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month. Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.

* Flushing the toilet every time you use it calls on a lot of water. If all you do is pee, you do not need to flush the toilet every time. You can also upgrade older toilets with more water efficient models. 

* Support projects that use reclaimed wastewater for irrigation and industrial uses. Share with others what you are doing. Model these actions.

* Catch rain water in buckets and barrels in your yard and use that to water your plants. 

We are the change we need in the world. We are the ones, born into this time to make a difference. Be a steward for vital living and honor the great earth in how you live your life.