(This post has nothing to do with Brain Tumors/Cancer)
It’s strange that while the Midwest and East coast are fighting blizzards and many feet of snow, we’ve declared a drought here in California. We’ve had so little rain this year, that we’re in danger of running out completely. Well, ok, that’s an exaggeration for now, but you get my point.
Voluntary rationing has begun. We have to explain to our children what that means and get them thinking about ideas to use less water to help the idea really sink in. Here are some things you Californians can do:
- Turn off your sprinklers – seriously think about growing food, not lawns
- Put buckets in your showers to capture some of that water
- Turn off the shower/faucet while you soap up or brush your teeth
- Bathe once a week…ok, try every other day
- Wash your dishes without running water the whole time.
- Don’t worry about getting your dishes super clean before you put them in the dishwasher – theoretically, the dishwasher should do that for you.
- Always do a full load when you run your dishwasher or washing machine. If you have children, look for the clothes, likely still folded from earlier washing cycles and make them put said clothes away, as they should have in the first place.
- Capture the water that’s draining from the washing machine in a trash can.
- Don’t wash your cars
- Use all of that water you’ve captured to water any plants – you will be amazed how much there will be.
These are some of the ideas we’ve read about and came up with for our list. Does anyone have any more?
We’ll hope that the corporations and manufacturers don’t ramp up their water usage before the rationing becomes mandatory. For the central valley farmers, lets allow some of that water to flow their way – we’d really like to continue to eat.
One of the side benefits of a drought is that we’re having spring/summer like weather (after the very cold mornings wear off.) While it’s wonderful to sit outside and soak up the heat while you listen to the ice cream trucks driving around the neighborhood, I think it’s generally agreed upon that we’d rather have some rain. That’s especially true of the die-hard skiers and snow boarders who are being deprived of their usual powdery conditions. We’ll commence our collective rain dances immediately.