One of the things we try to teach M is not to waste water. Last year, after reading Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It by Elizabeth Royte, I tried to take extra steps to ensure we were using as little water as possible around the house, or at least not automatically dump it down the drain if there was some other use. Now, the pasta water is occasionally dumped on the weeds in our walkway (did you know that boiling water kills weeds–chemical-free weed killer!), or the water left over from rinsing veggies and such goes into the window boxes. Things like that. I still need to get that bucket for the tub though…I know there are lots of drops being wasted while the shower heats up.
In any event, M loves to play with water, and given that it’s presently summer, it is a hot topic in our house. It’s in the kiddie pool. We use it in the garden. She loves to wash her hands, over and over and over and over. Ditto for brushing teeth. The nightly bath is practically a spa destination to her. We now have a doll in the house that drinks water and “pees”. But she’s starting to get it, the not wasting water part, that is. She voluntarily will turn off the water while brushing teeth and we’ve even heard her mention why she’s turning it off (she’s still at the age where she narrates a large portion of her day). She’s learning about how to use the rain barrel instead of the hose (although she likes to water our already dormant grass…we’re working on getting her to water things that are actually still green). She won’t leave home without her trusty reusable water bottles. And she likes to use her doll’s “pee” to water the terrarium. Although last time I checked, it’s becoming more of a swamp-arium.
So with water conservation constantly on my mind, this post today from Brian Clark Howard at The Huffington Post (which came across my RSS blog feed) seemed very timely. It then made me think about this movie from Annie Leonard that I recently viewed and found quite interesting. Soon enough, water will become the new black (oil) and possibly the source of local and global dispute. It’s coming folks. Do your part now.
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