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Living without water November 14, 2007

Filed under: conserve, reduce, water — terra @ 7:00 am

waterThe drought in the southern US has hit one town particularly hard. In Orme, Tennessee, people only have water for 3 hours per day – from 6-9pm. The water is literally trucked in from Alabama. Some guy drives an old truck two hours into Alabama, fills up at a fire hydrant, and drives back to TN to fill the town’s water tank. He makes the trip about 7 times per day, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The town used to get its water from local streams, but they’ve dried up.

“All of these people that are on the river systems better take note, because once your streams and tributaries to the river start drying up, the river isn’t far behind,” Mayor Tony Reames said.

Orme has been living like this since August 1. That’s over 92 days.

What can we do to save water and prevent a disaster like the one hitting the South? Here are a few things to try at home:

  • Take shorter showers
  • Fix leaky toilets and faucets
  • Use your rain barrel instead of running water to quench your plants
  • Install low-flow showerheads
  • Fill a water bottle and put it in your toilet tank to save water with each flush
  • Do full loads of dishes and laundry (saves 1,000 gallons a month)
  • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth, wash your face, and shave. Doing so saves 4 gallons per minute.
  • Don’t buy bottled water

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2 Responses to “Living without water”

  1. mom Says:

    Those are awesome tips. I remember when I was a little girl we really did alot of those things to save water. One I had to chuckle at. There were 5 of us kids. Both parents worked and that still wasn’t enough to have any waste about. We all shared the same bathwater. We were all 2 years apart and we took baths in the order of age so my older sister would go first then me then my younger sister then my brother and finally when it was my youngest sisters’ turn she would not take a bath because it was so dirty. She would sponge bath. I felt so bad for her always and another thing, we never filled the tub up to the top or even half. It was a little less than half. We too did dishes with one sink filled for washing and one filled for rinsing and then someone dried them. We never thought about ever using more water than we should. It was just a way of life!

  2. terra Says:

    I don’t think I would take a bath in that water either!

    I recently had to turn off the hot faucet in my bathroom because it’s dripping and I haven’t found time to fix it. Simple solution – turn it off and just use the cold.

    Plus, I keep reading about saving energy by using cold water to wash your hands – warm them up when you dry off with a towel. It saves on the hot water heater. That’s a tough habit to start in the winter. So far, it works.


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