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Comment from: Gwyn

Every drop counts! It is hard to believe that when facing the amounts of water used for fracking not to mention the other horrors involved there, but I have to believe it's true and do my meager part.

I don't shower very day unless I really need to.

I don't wash my hair every time I shower.

I shut the water off while soaping up, scrubbing, shaving and teeth brushing.

I wear my clothes until they need washing.

We collect gray water for the garden and are working on a rain barrel.

We use drip irrigation in all out gardens and only water when needed i.e. don't irrigate in the rain or after a downpour. (that drives me crazy when I see sprinklers on in the rain.)

These are the things I can think of. I know I could do better and always strive to!

PS I emailed you. I know you are busy with musikfest so just a heads up.

08/10/11 @ 11:13

My editor is from Australia and they have to conserve water. Their town regulated their consumption. If you're using too much, they'll shut your water off. She says she takes 3 minute showers.
One way to conserve is don't let water run while brushing your teeth, washing dishes, etc.
Fix leaky faucets. Replace old toilets that waste tons of water with more efficent ones.

08/10/11 @ 12:20
Comment from: Mike

This is perhaps one of the most astute yet unassuming sentences I've seen in print... "Because I still feel theft is wrong even when thieves surround me."
That should stir a sense of "Even I can make a difference" in everyone... let us NOT succumb to being like the thieves!
As far as conservation at the individual level, I think Gwyn nailed several we all can do, I especially like the rain barrel idea, my grandparents had one and I often think in order for society to go forward, we sometimes need to go backwards and embrace the simple times.

08/11/11 @ 08:22

When I was looking into building a small two or three season cabin in the Poconos, I was interested in the energy efficient and water conserving composting toilets. It turns out that state law requires the incredibly inefficient and expensive sand mound septic system. This is a case where a more environmentally friendly solution is blocked by law. I know there is no solution, but at least people ought to be aware of these situations.


08/11/11 @ 14:24

Last year we installed rain barrels. Now all of our garden water comes from the barrels. It's amazing how quickly they fill up in the spring -- it takes only one or two storms.

We also use a lot of native plants in the landscaping. Since they grow here naturally, they're accustomed to our weather patterns and don't need much water. Less work and less water!

08/11/11 @ 20:26
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Keep these ideas coming.

I will be offline for much of the next week, but please don't hesitate to share your thoughts. Shameless promotion of your own water-saving seminars, products, books, are encouraged. Just please be patient. Your comment may take a few hours to get approved. I'll do my best to approve any as quickly as possible.

08/12/11 @ 07:02

Thanks for raising awareness of this important issue Ruth. We can all conserve water on many fronts in many aspects of our daily life.

Planting site-appropriate, drought tolerant native plants in the landscape can be one way to eliminate un-necessary water use. Why water a plant if there is another plant that would grow just as well without additional water? Let's save our drinking water for drinking, right?

Check out our website or stop in to learn more about native plants. Our nursery is located west of Allentown PA, just north of Fogelsville.

PS our fall festival is Sept 10, tons of fun activities and lots of chances to learn more about native plants in a friendly atmosphere.

08/21/11 @ 07:29
Comment from:

These are some excellent ideas! You might like to read some that came through via Facebook which I included on my latest post: http://thewritebeat.com/BacktoBasicsBlog/blog1.php/how-high-is-the-water-1

Gwyn: I can now cross many of my own ideas of my list to post. You are true conservationist.

Kathy: Can you imagine the outrage American's would express if their consumption was restricted?

Mike: You are so right -- the solutions are often right behind us!

Jerry: Your comment is especially troubling. I understand the need for regulations to keep us safe and to set our living standards, but too often they become outdated when new products are available or they don't take into account their restrictive impact on alternative measures. What happened? Did you build anyway?

Colleen: Do you live in town or in a rural setting? I love native plants. Not only do they conserve water, but they support native wildlife and planting natives promotes bio diversity. Also, if your on a public sewer system, your rain barrel is solving more problems than you might realize. In cities across America, public sewer systems get inundated with an unmanageable volume of water during storms. Clean rain water should never be sent through a wastewater treatment plant. It's a waste of money AND the if the system gets overwhelmed, sewage will be released without being treated. Instead of building plant capacity to meet every flood, residents can use rain barrels and other methods to keep the clean water out of the drain.

Edge of the Woods (and others): Delaware Riverkeeper Network is preparing to send out their Call for Presenters for their 2012 Watershed Congress on the Schuylkill River. I know your nursery is not near Pottstown, PA, but their audience would appreciate hearing from you. Keep in touch with http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org if you're interested.

08/24/11 @ 12:30
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And oh yah ... the conversation continued on the next post: http://thewritebeat.com/BacktoBasicsBlog/blog1.php/how-high-is-the-water-1

08/24/11 @ 12:31