Here in Australia we were in drought recently for many many years and the word of the day was conserve. Conserve water – we didn’t know when it was going to rain again and it was possible the drastic water restrictions we had then would last forever.
As we used them I would gather dishes and stack them in the big kitchen sink to wash once a day (usually mid morning ) in the little sink – that water then washed the cats dishes, then the stove, and then sometimes was bailed into a small bucket to use to wash the kitchen floor – oh, and then it would get tossed over one of the plants near the back door. The first water drawn before it got hot was collected in a jug and used to fill the kettle during the day.
Showers were cut down to as short a time as possible – always with a bucket to keep you company which was then emptied over a plant near the back door and the baths I loved were rare treats. Treats that would end in hard work when I used to bucket it out then walk it down the hallway to toss over plants at the front door.
Then about 2 years ago the drought (now called the Millenium Drought) began to break and the rains returned – http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/the-drought-breaks/story-fn59niix-1225952583089 – heavy rains that brought floods to just about every state – last year the water restrictions were eased and new set of Permanent Water Saving Rules came into place late in December 2011.
And thats when our attitudes seemed to change – oh how quickly they changed and many of us forgot the conservative ways we’d learn’t over those years. I will acknowledge I am guilty of easing up on some of my practices and I’m also sure that if it didn’t rain so much these days we wouldn’t be so carefree and unconcerned. In my defence I will say we did install a very large water tank to collect rainwater and use on the garden and for many years now haven’t used the hose on any of the plants outside.
Yes, I still try to wash up just once a day but have been known to rinse cups under the tap. I’ve cleaned my teeth with the tap running – I’ve forgotten to change the load setting on the washing machine – I’ve even put it on for one item. And my baths are more frequent these days – to be honest they help when my back is playing up, but I just pull the plug and don’t give a thought to the water running out down the drain.
Lizzie mentioned something in her post yesterday about not taking baths to save money – I think maybe I should once again revise my way of thinking and review our water consumption.
How about you –
Have you stuck to your water saving ways?
Or have they changed here and there?
14/30 June Post a Day