This isn't easy for me to admit. If you follow my blog, you know that Dan and I put a lot of effort (and muscle) into conserving water in the desert. Dan dug catchment basins to catch greywater from our washing machine. We use rainwater from the roof on desert-adapted heritage fig and pomegranate trees. We even carry our dishwater out to water the compost pit and our Mexican Honeysuckle. We turn the water off while we brush our teeth or while we soap up in the shower. You might say we're a little compulsive about the whole water thing.
I guess I should clarify why I wrote this blog. I don't have some deep-seeded need to confess - I'm doing the best I can right now. Changing habits is hard. In this capitalist country we have been taught to consume, consume, consume. Our current economy relies on it. The only acceptable reason for most people to slow down is because it is cost prohibitive. We take our water for granted because we don't pay the real cost of it. We complain when our water bill goes up to cover those costs. Many Arizonans have no idea where our water comes from. We're only beginning to understand the impact of our 28 year drought.
Now that we are aware, we can do something. Being conscious of our water use is the first step in conserving it. Turning the water off while we brush our teeth or we scrub our hands is a good place to start. Once that becomes a habit, it becomes easier to see other ways to conserve water. Planting native trees that don't require a lot of water is pretty painless... Dan and I really enjoy transforming our yard into a desert rainwater oasis. It is a process. A process of unlearning unsustainable consumer thinking and starting new habits. So I guess the point of this blog is that even though I'm not perfect, I can do something to make a difference. It's not easy. But it's a start.
It's time to start.
Picture on top of page: The talented Caroline Reed in The Bath-a-holic.
How true and how sad that we do NOT pay the real cost of water here; my husband and I told some astonished Norwegians on holiday here that we wished we paid MORE for water here - so we would understand the situation better. And AZ is the 4th fastest growing state.ReplyDelete
(Most showering uses as much water as a bath or more - plug the tub and see for yourself. Try bathing every few days, bird-bathing in between - run a modest bath very hot, then rinse cool. So much better for bodies and Earth!)