A few days ago, I read an article about water conservation, particularly in the form of toilet flushing. I know the toilet subject is taboo, but it’s important.
The whole “if it’s brown flush it down, if it’s yellow let it mellow” saying was created for a reason and not just because flushing the toilet is hard. It’s because it’s a waste of water. I grew up on a well system, meaning if the well is dry, you have no more water. No showers, no laundry, no cleaning dishes. And we did have some very dry years. But even if we had had a good rain, we never flushed the toilet unless it needed it. Why? Because you’ll want those two gallons later. You’ll be thirsty, you’ll want to wash your face, or mop the floor. Things that will seem a lot more important than perfectly clear toilet water.
I understand that the majority of people’s homes don’t run on well water anymore. They run on city water. Nice, clean, fluoride-treated water magically comes out of the pipes. But here’s the thing: if you really think about it, all that city water is coming out of a giant communal well. A well that will eventually have a bottom.
Fresh water is a precious resource. Live through a drought, and you’ll start to appreciate what a gift it is to be able to shower and have clean clothes whenever you want.
If you have to choose between yellow in the toilet and clean dishes, which would you choose? Maybe if we start making the choice to turn off the tap while we sud our hands, or to not flush the toilet at home unless we need to, we won’t be forced into harder choices later on.
And please forgive my posting late for the second time in a row. I’ll be better in the future, I promise!