Monday, March 18, 2019

Wasting water

Mar. 18, 2019

A simple thing we can do for a healthier environment is stop wasting water. I see people who supposedly care about the environment letting the water run to rinse dishes as they are washing them. If you want to use running water to rinse dishes, it is extremely easy to wash a sinkful with the water off, then rinse them all at once. And much less water can be used if you are rinsing more than a few by rinsing them in a pan of water, instead of running water.

A couple of days ago, I saw someone scrubbing paint off their hands under running water. The paint removal was done with a scrubber. The running water did not contribute. It would have been easy to wet his hands, turn off the water, scrub, then turn on the water to rinse.

We need to be in the habit of not wasting water whether or not we are having a water shortage. Purifying water takes energy and resources, and creates pollution. Materials needed for the purification are mined somewhere.

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