World Water Day Awareness
It was March 22, 2014...Did you know?
Most of the United States is suffering from a prolonged drought,
March 22nd was World Water Day, but most Americans were unaware...
While many farmers and even some consumers are noticing a
small price increase due to the National drought, it is nothing
compared to the Worldwide shortage of access to safe drinking water.
United States is lucky to still have fresh water, but with continued
pollution rates and water waste, the U.S. could be facing devastating
back water use is critical to conserving water, but on top of things
like turning off the tap when you brush your teeth, you can collect and
recycle water to save even more. Water recycling can range from very
simple methods that don't require anything but a little forethought to
complicated systems.1. Use a Shower Bucket
shower bucket is probably the simplest way to recycle water at home.
When you turn on the tap for your shower, the water that comes out takes
some time to heat up to a comfortable temperature. Next time you're
warming up the shower, stick a bucket under the running tap until you're
ready to get in. You'll be surprised at how much water you collect!2. Install a Rain Barrel
that whole municipal water system for watering your garden and collect
rainwater instead. Rain barrel setups can be super simple or more
complicated, depending on how much time you can invest and how handy you
are. The best collection method that I've found is setting up the
barrel underneath your gutter's downspout, so it collects the most water
when it rains.3. Create a Rain Garden
gardens take advantage of land's natural water runoff to nourish the
plants that live there. Unlike a regular garden that needs watering, a
rain garden is constructed so that it reuses water that would otherwise
run off into the sewage systems. The bonus is that by diverting that
water from the storm drain, you're giving your city's overtaxes sewage
system a break. 4. Save that Pasta Water
time you're making a pot of pasta, don't dump all of that precious
water down the drain! Instead, set your colander over another large pot
to collect all of that precious H2O. Once the water has cooled, you can
use it on your garden or to water your house plants.5. Save Water from Washing Veggies
like when you're boiling pasta, washing veggies uses water that's
totally re-usable. Place your colander over a large pot to collect the
water while you're washing. You can use your collected water on the
garden, potted plants or for flushing the toilet.6. Install a Gray Water System
water is waste water that doesn't contain sewage. Think the water that
goes down the drain when you wash your hands or do laundry. A gray water
system diverts that water, so it doesn't go to waste. A good example
might be diverting water from your shower drain for flushing the toilet.
Grey water systems can get pretty complicated, and just like any
plumbing setup, they do require maintenance. 7. Collect the Overflow from Watering Plants
you water your potted plants, have you noticed that extra water usually
runs out of those drainage holes at the bottom of the pot? Don't let
that water go to waste! Place your plants in deep trays to collect that
water. You can use the runoff from your larger plants to water the
smaller ones. Or place them in an aqueduct-like arrangement where the
run-off of the top plant trickles down to those under it.8. Reuse Excess Drinking Water
an almost-empty water glass that's been sitting out too long to drink?
Feed it to a thirsty house plant instead! You can also use unsweetened
tea on your plants. If the drink that's been sitting is sweetened, you
can pour it on plants in the garden, but don't use it on house plants
unless you like ants!