Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Environmental Wednesday: A Water Edition

I am really sick, guys. So, this is going to be short and then I can return to my supine state and my How I Met Your Mother DVDs.

Where I grew up, water is not an issue. It rains all the time, but we had a well and my dad was paranoid about it going dry. So, I was taught to turn off the water while brushing my teeth, and to be careful to not to leave faucets (seriously, that's a word right?) dripping.

Moving to Australia opened my eyes as to what it means to be "in a drought." Melbourne hasn't had an "average" year of rain in over 10 years. It's recommended that you take 4 minute showers with a bucket under the shower head to collect the water to water your garden. I've become really conscious of water that goes down the drain and how I could have used it better.

Half a Teaspoon is an Australian based website trying to help people conserve water. Their name comes from this: if the world's water was a litre, the clean drinking water available for the billions on the planet would be half a teaspoon. But what really got me is this ratio for every litre bottle of water you buy it took 3 litres of water to produce it.

The point: Don't buy bottled water. And think about the water you could be saving while you brush your teeth, wash your face, wash your hands, the dishes, your garden, your yard, your car...

I feel fuzzy.


  1. *gulp* I am wasteful with water (but happy to read this heads up. Really.).

    Why oh why can't you do an Environmental Wednesday on something I have mastered?

  2. You've made me think...again! I do try hard with water but I could do way better.

    Meanwhile you look after yourself, precious one. Take care and indulge yourself as much as you need to until you feel well again

  3. You poor people over hankie is dripping wet with tears for ya' where I'm at we have oodles of it we're talking puddles. We have rivers that run with all that fresh water right back into the be recycled again! But I'm a do'in my part...#;-)

  4. Jummy - Well, if you have any suggestions for environmental wednesday posts shoot me an e-mail!

    Selina - It's hard; we take it for granted more than most things i think.

    Anon - yes, yes you people of Oregon are lucky with the water! I miss puddles - they are having a spring sale of rubber boots here, it is tragic - why wear rubber boots if puddle jumping can't happen?

  5. You should have SEEN the post I had originally wrote. Fucking nonsense.

    PS: Im sad that you're sick. Take care, lovely.

  6. Poor you! I hope you feel better soon.

    I'm a disaster in the bathroom. I know if I hopped in I could be out in under 5 minutes but I can’t shower like that. I prefer to take at least 10-15 minutes – longer if I wash my hair – It is a relaxation thing for me.
    But I promised my sister to be less wasteful with water so I will try to redeem myself.

  7. Anon 2 - Express not repress. Thanks, doll face :)

    DDG - I read that "I am a disaster in the bed room" and I was all "Ok donut girl, I am glad you feel free to share but RELEVANCY" Ahem, and we're back. The Victorian government actually gave out 4 minute timers.

  8. I'm back with some good water things that I actually do. Ok, by "things" I mean "thing". I have a showerhead that uses less water. Some nice company came by and installed it for me. Now I'm not such a water waster :)