Growing up in Houston where the water is plentiful not much emphasis was placed on conserving water. It has been a continuing education to figure ways to conserve water since moving to the Texas Hill Country and using a rain water collection system. Rain is not plentiful in this area and the area has been in a drought for some time. Last year in 2008, we only had 11 1/2 inches of rain. The top soil was blowing away. And while we are over 13 inches this year, we still are in a drought and I see more top soil blowing past my windows as well as into the house. :D We are not totally on rain water because we do have a well as back up. However, we much prefer the rain water to that in the ground. Rain water tastes sweet, gives a good lather, and you get the full flavor of coffee.
When we added the rain water collection system and as appliances needed replacement, we sought out low water users for the washing machine, the dish washer, keep a little sink filled with soapy water to rinse off the dishes before placing in the dish washer, make sure there are no dripping faucets or running commodes, and replaced a 16 year old roof with a tin roof. When brushing teeth or washing your face, we turn the water on and off instead of letting the faucet run while performing the act.
I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with ways to conserve water until last Friday. I met a couple of ladies at our local farm stand and learned two new ways to conserve: put a gutter and drain pipe on everything, no matter how small an outbuilding, and catch the air conditioning condensation as it drains to the outside! You will find uses for it. I have come a long way from my Houston days, but these ladies put me to shame. lol
My question to you is what do you do to conserve water? I am open to learn new ways. You see you can teach an old dog, er lady, new tricks. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Until next time, God bless.