Thursday, October 18, 2007

Come again another day

Can you see that? Those are raindrops on my car window. Lovely, wet, luscious raindrops. The kind the trees and flowers have been begging for for weeks now. They're there. Not nearly enough of them, but a welcome sight none the less.
Just last week, the governor announced that our state had, at best, water supplies to last until January. Now, even that looks dim. 90 days and the state resevoirs run dry, or so they've warned us. The Army Corps of Engineers is no help (big surprise!), and have basically told our state to sod off, they need the water to keep some mussels downstream fat and happy.
Don't get me wrong: I don't want a lush, green lawn to rival Augusta National. In fact, our lawn is mostly dandilions, violets and clover, so drought, schmout. It'll come back. I just want to wash my hands without feeling guilty, or worry that a double flush will drain the last bit of water out of the state forever.
We've been through a lot of droughts, over the years, so we've been told to "pray for rain" quite a bit. It seems strange to say, "Pray for a tropical depression or three" but that's exactly what it's going to take to get us back on the right track.
We're trying here, at Der Haufen, to do our best to conserve water, but we're new at this. Recycling, we know and we do quite well. Conserving water? Ok...shorter showers, turning off the water when we brush our teeth, scraping plates instead of rinsing, waiting until you have full loads to wash clothes or plates, using water from the dehumidifier to keep the flowers alive? Check, check, check, check and check. But joining the "if it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down" club? Well, let's not take this too far. I mean, really.
What are your suggestions for conserving water? (And yes, we're quite familiar with the "shower with a friend" concept. Quite familiar, indeed. Eh-hem.)

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