By Anna

women-carrying-waterMy average bathroom use is higher than the average person’s (six times a day). A few years ago my familial guilt conscience kicked in, and I have abided by the ol’ hippie rule of “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down,” because of my average flushing (nine times a day). But because this disgusts many, and it probably should, I picked up the most recent issue of Good and learned what I could do instead to decrease my water use:

  1. Put a brick in the back of the toilet to fool it from filling up to six gallons (the number used with every flush).
  2. Use a dishwasher, since the water flowing out of an average faucet drones out at five gallons a minute; and run the dishwasher only when it’s full.
  3. Choose chicken over beef. Cows are a heck of a lot thirstier and require a lot more to survive, not to mention taste good. As well as the whole COx they release into the atmosphere contributing to climate change (but that’s another point for another time).

Those were the most practical, but here are a few for the money-mongers and extremists:

  1. Put a rain barrel on the roof to water plants or your lawn.
  2. Install a half flush option on your toilet and a low flow faucet on your sink.
  3. Buy a front load washing machine.
  4. Use solar energy.

But I know the intellectual crowd reading this column knows that the 326 million trillion gallons of water on earth is still on earth. So why should we conserve? Because we treat those million trillions like the Israelites treated their covenant with God, it exists as long as we do so what’s the purpose? But how much abuse can water stand before purification is not enough? Some don’t have the option to treat water fairly and some just think we deserve the ale after a hard day’s work. Either way our lakes and reservoirs dwindle as we flush what’s mostly water anyway down the toilet.