It’s March- We’re thinking about water…
Last week, the spotlight was on Watersheds… a way to realize that, no matter where one lives, land and water are ecologically linked. Life depends on water.
This Friday, March 14th, is the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams.
Part of the mission for International Day of Action of Rivers is to-
“…learn about better water and energy solutions. Above all, it is a day to unite – by acting together, we demonstrate that these issues are not merely local, but global in scope.”
UNLESS…Challenge 5- inspired by the “International Day of Action for Rivers:
- Click on this link from the National Geographic Environment page to calculate –
- Write a post to disclose what your footprint is.
- If it’s small: give us some tips! How do you achieve this eco and earth-friendly distinction?
- If it’s just-right: share your thoughts. Are you content to keep it that way, or will you try to reduce it more? How?
- If it’s too big: what is your reaction?
- Are there photos to help illustrate something about your WATER FOOTPRINT? Please include them; I think these will be an interesting and creative element for this week’s challenge.
My Water Footprint-
My Water Footprint was low in all areas except home and lawn usage. I believe the low scores can be attributed to the fact that my husband and I are both retired (I so dislike that term… and prefer “re-inspired!). We spend WAY less now than we did in our career lives. Especially, no more big clothing and transportation expenses. Food costs are less now that we eat at home more, cut beef and pork from our diet, and grow fruits and vegetables in our garden.
- The garden is where water usage can be reduced. I have been wondering about installing rain barrels.
- I can also economize in water usage with our dishwashing and laundry habits. I think it is possible to cut out a load of dishes and two loads of laundry per week by waiting for fuller loads.
By making these adjustments, water usage from our city water will be reduced. Thus, allowing a little bit more water from our watershed to remain in the City reservoir which is fed by the Tualatin River and sub-watershed creeks. A reduction in electric and natural gas consumption will contribute to a small amount of energy conservation, as well.
I admit, I’m skeptical about the “6” in energy consumption and will likely go back and redo that portion of the calculator.
Although we installed drip hoses in each raised bed, the water supply is from the city utility. Rain barrels could help to reduce dependence on city water… just so long as we get rain!
Your Water Footprints: Check these out~
Australia: An Evolving Scientist
Southern California: Lola Jane’s World