Challenge #4 ~ Every Drop Counts

Read the blog post on the March Theme: WATER

“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What … is water?”

THIS IS WATER by David Foster Wallace

Things we do are often unconscious and simply our default settings. Living in a fragile desert environment, in a country without water and rain, “it is about simple awareness – awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over: This is water, this is water.” (This Is Water by David Foster Wallace)

Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving to save up to 30 liters of water per week.  That adds up to more than 750 liters a month, or 9,000 liters each year. The same applies when you wash dishes.

Take a shower instead of filling up the bath – it take much less water. A shower only uses about 40 to 90 liters, while a bath takes up to 265 liters! If you do take a bath, be sure to plug the drain right away and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub.

Use a bucket and sponge when washing cars and bikes. A hose can waste 22 liters per minute if left running, but using a bucket and sponge only uses a few liters!

Our daily actions have a direct impact on lowering carbon emissions associated with lower water consumption. When we become aware of unconscious habits and default settings, we make a difference in the world. One drop at a time.


US EPA Water Sense for Kids, Simple Ways to Save Water, accessed 24 February 2019