Water consumption, rain barrels and budgets….
Water is the fundamental life blood of all organisms on Earth; without it nothing on Earth can survive. Water crisis is becoming a serious threat and in North America we have a responsibility to conserve water and ensure that future generations don’t have to worry about something so simple as water. We use millions of litres of water everyday, showers, dishes, toilets and for silly things like watering our grass. Being a little more aware of our water use is easy and paying attention to the weather so we don’t waste water just makes sense. We live in a very fortunate part of the world and take for granted just turning on a tap and hot fresh water just pours out all day. Well imagine when we turn on that tap and nothing happens or think of the millions who don’t have that luxury or for that matter fresh water at all.
I have blogged before water and how much damage it can do to a house, we need to keep it out, keep it dry and keep it safe. We start outside with the eavestrough and downspouts and get that water as far away from the house and foundation as possible. However what if you like to garden, in fact you garden so much you have a green thumb as they say and everyone is town loves your garden and you could never part with it. Well then it makes sense to collect that rain water and use it to water your garden. Rain barrels are great in the right application and when someone is committed to using that water to actually water their garden frequently. What I tend to see is people who are trying to be green and help conserve water but end up with a bucket of stagnant, moldy water in their backyard. If you are an avid gardener and like to water daily, weekly then a seasonal rain barrel is for you. Just remember to empty and store them inside for the winter so they don’t freeze and crack. If you like the idea but don’t like the work behind it, then just stick to the long downspouts extensions and get that water away!
If we all do the little things like turning off the tap while brushing out teeth, buy a low flush toilet, cut our showers back by a few minutes each, use limited amounts of water on the garden and lawn, buy water conserving appliances…. We could save millions of litres of water everyday.
- Conserve water when showering, washing clothes and dishes and while gardening
- Do not ignore leaky taps, they not only can lead to mold and rust and rot but the amount of shear wasted water could be saving lives someday
- Buy energy and water efficient appliances
- And yes… buy rain barrels, if you intend to use them
It’s our responsibility to conserve water, use it wisely and we will all save in the long run.
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