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I told a friend yesterday that I remembered the drought of ’77, when I was six years old, and how I can’t leave the faucet running when I brush my teeth without feeling like a criminal. She blinked at me and said,
You were six years old in 1977?
Yes, yes it’s true folks, I really am that old. So respect yer elders and listen up.
I had earmarked mid-January as the point at which I would start worrying about water. My inner wild critter was growing increasingly restless last November, wondering Where’s the Rain? But there were holidays to get through and seemingly bigger fish to…uh…catch and release. We’ve had a couple of dry years here in SF, and rain is never far from my thoughts. However, after nearly 20 years in the Bay Area, I have a felt understanding of the rain rhythms, and knew that the first two weeks in January were usually dry. So I planted a little red flag in my brain calendar to fret about rainfall right about, well, now. And then Guvnor Brown issued the decree on Friday. So it’s official…time to start worrying.
Actually, I hope that you’ve been concerned enough about water before now, to have already adopted every day conservation efforts in your home. Because without water, even the ridiculous substitutes in the video below wouldn’t exist.
There’s lots of info out there about how you can conserve water, and I encourage you to check out Save Our H2O.
However, all the tip sheets in the world aren’t going to be helpful without a shift in our thinking about WATER. Water, that element that is of primary importance for all life forms, and also that thing that we flush our toilets with.
I am convinced that our relatives of the future will look back on our water practices and be utterly convinced that we were nuts.
Conserving water is most easily done if it becomes a practice. By that, I mean something that you make a decision to do consciously. A dedication, an intention, a goal.
We put up little signs at all of our faucets, with illustrations by Fern. However, even with a sign as a reminder, other members of our household who have not made a conscious decision to conserve water still let the faucet run while washing dishes like the supply is infinite.
How to do this? How to bring your own water use into the forefront of your attention, rather than letting it sit on the back burner of auto-pilot? Well, here’s a few things to try…
WATCH water conservation videos, such as these.
DECIDE, right now, on three things you are going to do to save water, such as…
-Take 5 minute showers
-Turn of the water while brushing teeth or shaving
-Only fill up your water glass or bottle as much as you will drink, instead of to the top
-Set your sprinklers to come on before the sunrise
-Forget washing your car
Etcetera. You will find that just having made a decision to save water will bring it to the surface of your daily thinking.
PAY ATTENTION. Put your awareness on water whenever you use it…while washing dishes, bathing, etc. This is also known as mindfulness…make your mind full of water. The sensation of it, the taste of it, the miracle of it.
The straight up miracle of water. That amazing liquid substance that you can step through and also float upon. That fountain of life that makes possible everything you see before you. Not only the food you eat and the water you drink, but your life and therefore, the capability of civilization. We live on a planet perfectly hospitable for carbon based life forms…life forms that came from the water, who are up to 75% made of water and who depend on water to survive.
What a gift. Let’s cherish it.
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