Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Water, Water Nowhere

I moved from the land of 10,000 lakes to the land of...uh, hmmm. There must be lakes here, but I have yet to stick my foot in one or even witness one with my eyes. Don't get me wrong, I have traveled around this state and seen beautiful landscapes, just not lakes. I have seen creeks!

So water conservation has been on my mind lately. This summer has been spent trying to conserve the water we do have and to collect the water we don't have. I'll start with the easy route. Collecting COLD water!

The master bathroom shower is located about as far as you can get in our house from the hot water heater. That means it takes a long time for the water to even get warm in my shower. I hated the idea of wasting all that water down the drain because I do prefer a warm/hot shower. So Biker Boy gave up one of his buckets to put in our shower and collect the water as it warms up.

We usually collect around 2 and a half gallons of water waiting for it to warm up. Then it's just a matter of taking it out and dumping it on a plant that is thristy for water. We've got a small red maple from the Arbor Day Foundation that loves to drink it up.

We've also got a sad little plum tree we planted this spring that is hanging on for dear life.

Notice the chicken wire to prevent critters from nibbling on the tree. Also notice the pile of mulch, a much needed essential when planting things in the high desert. That's a blog for another time!
So here's to using water wisely! Perhaps there are other ways to conserve more water. Enjoy!

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