So we’re all about saving the tigers, bears, seals and starving orphans, but are we focused enough on saving the one resource we all can’t live without?? Don’t get me wrong, these are all worthy causes – I used to volunteer for The Marine Mammal Center, where we’d save seals on a daily basis – but I don’t think there’s enough worldwide focus on saving THE most precious, and necessary resource of all: Water.
A water shortage has never been more apparent for California residents than now, as we enter the 5th year of drought, yet I still see sprinklers watering expanses of lush green lawns, with water running off and down the streets. Let your lawn die, people! If the drought ends you can always bring it back, or better yet, plant drought tolerant landscaping that can thrive on the minimal rainfall we naturally experience every year, and still look fabulous.
Having grown up in Australia, I’m accustomed to routine water restrictions during the summer, where you’re not allowed to water your lawn, nor wash your car, and that’s OK. We’d all have brown lawns and dirty cars by the end of summer, and guess what; it wasn’t the end of the world!
Australians have also been quick to adopt the practice of re-routing greywater (water that comes from the clothes-washer, shower and sinks) into the garden, and collecting rain water that falls on the roof in the rainy season. Californians definitely need to take a leaf from their book and each take more responsibility in conserving water, because looking around, it doesn’t seem like anyone realizes how close we are to running out – I’ve seen multiple news reports and articles claiming Californians have less than one year worth of water left… then what? We ship it in? Where from? And at what kind of expense? Then what happens when THAT runs out?
So what can we all do to conserve water (and save money, for those paying for municipal water)? A great place to start is not only to plant drought-tolerant landscaping and install low flow shower heads, toilets and faucets, but in your own habits of how you use water. For example, if you have to run the tap to wait for hot water, collect the water in a bucket or jug, and use it for your drinking water, or to water your plants. Shorten your shower by just a few minutes each day, even turning off the shower while you lather your hair… There are over 100 great water saving habits that you can find here!
Pretend water is something precious and expensive that you wouldn’t dare waste a drop of – like your favorite wine, or beer, or money itself! If 100 dollar bills were flowing out of the tap and down the sink, I’m sure you’d be able to come up with ways to redirect the extra notes into a container and save them for something else. At Pageburn Properties, we install water-saving plumbing fixtures and appliances in our renovated homes, to try and help the people that buy them save as much water as they can.
Without water, we’re in a whole world of hurt. And that’s a nice way of putting it. Save The Water!