That drip, drip, drip that’s keeping you awake at night is telling you two things. 1. It’s time to clean out the gutters. 2. You’re letting a precious resource simply run off your roof!
If you live in an apartment, this step might be difficult for you, but if you have a deck to put a bucket on, or own/rent a house then you’ve got a water rich resource on your hands.
What you’ll need:
A bucket, barrel or catchment.
1. Procure a bucket, barrel or catchment, depending on what you can find to reuse or, if necessary, purchase.
2. Place your water-saving device under the gutter spout or create a way to funnel water during the rain/snow.
You’ll be shocked how quickly these containers will fill even during a light rain. After they are full, you can use this water to:
-Pour into top loading washing machines to cut down on the amount of water used.
-Mop the floor (if clean enough)
-Flush the toilet
1. If the water from your roof is contaminated with little bits and pieces of plant debris and roof particles, try straining it using a piece of material or stockings. Old pantyhose can be stretched over the top of a bucket to create a DIY straining system.
2. If you let your catchment water sit for a few hours, you’ll find that a lot of the particles simply settle to the bottom. When you pour the water through your strainer, a good deal of the debris will remain at the bottom of the original bucket, this water can simply be poured into a nearby plant.
While these hints will help you reduce the amount of water you directly use, there are still many hidden sources of water usage ingrained in our lives. From the food we eat to the clothes we wear there is an impact.
“To feed and water farmed animals takes enormous amounts of water. To produce just one pound of meat requires on average 2500 gallons of water; a gallon of cows’ milk ‐‐ 750 gallons of water. By simply making Vegan choices, you can save over 1.3 million gallons of water every year! That’s so much water that being Vegan you could leave your shower on 24 hours a day 365 days a year and *still* you couldn’t waste as much water as someone consuming an animal‐based diet.”
*From the video: A Life Connected: Vegan
I’m obviously not encouraging you to let the shower run year round after becoming vegan, but the point is thus: Our daily choices make a difference and we all have a chance to start conserving now while there is still clean water flowing from the tap!