Drops and Drips: Water

Water is essewaterbottlesntial for life.

We all know this; we all carry disposable or reusable bottles of water —  water is a billion dollar industry.

Here in California, the drought is so extensive that restaurants don’t automatically serve water; you have to request it.

There are voluntary water restrictions for lawns and gardens.

Yet there’s water all around us if we only LOOK.

Wasted water.

Dishwashing water, washing machine water; water swirling around our feet in the shower  —  all lost down the drain.

It really frustrates me that there isn’t a easy way to reclaim this “gray water”.

My tugboat man and I are committed to leaving as small a footprint as possible and to be good stewards of this world, yet even for my guy who has a degree in nautical engineering, figuring out how to make a gray water system in our home is not as easy as I assumed.

Our challenge is a tri-level home with the laundry room on the third floor — apparently you can’t just stick a hose out the window — according to hub, it’s more complicated than that.

We, but I really mean HE is designing a functional system, but every single time I see a drop of water down the drain instead of being diverted to the garden, I get very sad!

To honor precious water and its importance to our bodies, check out this series of photos I took at my photography class.

I haven’t liked doing anything this much since I discovered the magic of that little plastic card that meant all the pretty treasures could come home with me!

My son reminded me of our kitty, Bandit, who loved to sit in the sink and drink dripping water. Still miss her so much…

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19 thoughts on “Drops and Drips: Water

  1. I know what you mean about seeing wasted water. Here in Arizona there’s been a few recent voices saying “something” needs to be done about monsoon water that just runs off as waste. Maybe it does and certainly should be looked into, but what the voices are saying is “keep it for human use,” and let’s see, how old is this earth? That means monsoon water also is an ecological necessity for plants and animals.

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  2. Those photos are totally envy making!

    We sure squander our precious resources, don’t we?

    In Australia, you can buy tanks that catch and process the grey water so it can be recycled for the toilets, garden, etc. Lots of people also have rainwater tanks that they use for almost everything, especially those who live Outback.

    My yard is totally self sufficient. I ripped out every skerrick of water guzzling grass, put down mulch, and planted oodles (that’s a scientific number) of shrubs and trees that attract birds, bees and butterflies. Now that it’s established, I never have to water anything.

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  3. Sad about our water situation. Sad to read that last line about Bandit. We’ve stopped watering our lawn and it shows and with other things, if it’s yellow let it mellow, etc. to try to do our best. Praying for rain (reasonable rain that doesn’t destroy) this fall, winter. Hug to you my southern cyber pal. 🙂

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    • Hugs to you too! Poor dear Bandit (thanks for mentioning her) was my SOUL daughter, the girl I never had. We were beyond bonded – but she loved her daddy too. Just thinking about that look she’d give me when daddy was holding her was too human…I still dream about her, dreams so real, I wake up and think she’s sleeping next to me, purring. sniff. And yes, we need rain, but not monsoons!

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      • I feel your words, almost in tears. Same for me with my beloved Tazzie. A rottie we had for 15+ years. One of the great loves of my life. I featured her as one of the main characters in my second book, an homage to her. Believe me, I completely understand. It’s conversations like this I wish we could have in person over a cup of something. I value our connection. ❤

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  4. San Diego reclaims quite a large amount of its gray water and makes it available for businesses to water their landscaping. The new water park downtown also uses gray water, which I find interesting. Posted signs say not to drink the water but we’re allowed to play in it.

    I remember my youth when I played in all sorts of gray, black, and brown water, splashing it in my eyes and mouth, eating mud, dirt, branches, leaves, bugs…….. I think today’s world spends way too much time disinfecting instead of exposing ourselves to Mother and Father Nature so our immune systems can build immunity. With all this disinfecting going on, when one does get sick, it’s a real sick.

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