Water Water Everywhere
And not a drop to drink!
In case you didn’t hear it (it’s not as big of a story as a giant oil spill, flooding in TN, or the bomb in NYC), but Boston has been having a water crisis. A water main broke on Saturday afternoon, leaving the Boston area (two million people) without clean drinking water. The “Boil Water” ban was lifted this morning. THANK GOODNESS!
It’s amazing how you take clean water from the tap for granted. By Sunday morning, all stores were sold out of bottled water. We had a pot of boiled water on the stove for brushing our teeth. We’ve been washing our hands with hand sanitizer. Our house looks like a frat house! This was our kitchen after three days of not being able to do the dishes:
Notice the paper plates, plastic cups, and cutlery in the background. We started using them, since we couldn’t wash our dishes. It definitely made me not want to cook, since we would just have dirty dishes. And there’s a random solo cup in the bathroom that we’ve been using for teeth brushing:
Doesn’t it make you think of beer pong?
Anyway, with this lack of water, the environmentalist in me came out and wondered what we could do to conserve water (along with what we already do):
- When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month. We have a front loader energy star washer now that detects how much water it needs!
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time. I want to compost but don’t know how in an apartment, thoughts?
- If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month. I take five minute showers, seven if I’m shaving.
- Designate one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
- Bathe your young children together. I’ll just leave it at that . . .
- One more way to get eight glasses of water a day is to re-use the water left over from cooked or steamed foods to start a scrumptious and nutritious soup.
- While staying in a hotel or even at home, consider reusing your towels.
How do you conserve water? What are other ways you try to be environmentally responsible?