There's a women's group in my area called The Butterfly Effect
.It's a group that focuses on empowering women in business and life, and one of their mandates is to give back to the community. One of their current projects here in Kelowna is placing inexpensive healthy water dispensaries across town to help dissuade people from purchasing disposable bottles. Being a not-woman, I am not a part of this group. However, I have spread their word unto females I know, and now onto whomever might read this.
I've begun to do something different for myself. We are privileged here to live near the beautiful Okanagan Lake
. Sadly, this is a lake that dissipates more and more every year. This is in no small part due to the atrocious water usage
that Okanagan residents have become accustomed to. Averaging at 600-700 litres per person per day, we are amongst the highest water consumers in the world. Each year I hear mild warnings on the radio or television about this issue, but all in all, people here are near oblivious to just how much water they tend to use.
To do my part, I've developed some personal daily habits to conserve water that others might wish to adapt.
I have a switch on my shower head that allows me to turn off the stream while I soap and shampoo. I also keep the pressure on the lowest setting, make sure my showers last only a few minutes, and try to keep them to one or two a week.
Any time I find a glass with water in the bottom, or use water to boil something, I pour the excess into my watering can, and that's what I use to feed my plants. This, coupled with a barrel under my gutter run-off, provides water for my garden.
My front-loading washing machine uses a third the water of my old top-loader, but I recognize this is an area that can still be improved.
I've shied from flushing the toilet until it becomes necessary, and quite often I just go urinate into the compost pile.
And when I wash my hands, brush my teeth or do any other water-based activities, I try to keep my mind alert as to how I can use as little as possible. My goal is to average 30 liters a day. To me, this is still high, but once I reach that, I'm sure I'll strive to keep going.
If anyone else has any at-home water conservation tips, I'd love to hear them.