So, I was washing my face this morning, as I do every morning. I suddenly realized that, even though I turned the tap off while I was scrubbing my face with soap, I had the water on full-blast when I rinsed. Did I need to have the water all the way on? Could I have rinsed the soap off of my face just as well with the water only halfway turned on? The answer is yes, so I turned down the water and finshed rinsing the soap off of my face, using less water.
Then, I was in the kitchen having a glass of water from our water cooler. I drank about 3/4 of the glass, then decided that I'd had enough and dumped the remaining water down the drain. As soon as I'd done that, I thought of all of the people in the world who don't have ANY clean drinking water, and I immediately wished that I hadn't wasted the 1/4 of water that was left in the glass. From now on, I am going to make a strong effort to put unfinished cups of water into the refrigerator and drink them later, when I am thirsty again.
I really like how this unit on water is making me change the way that I see the world, and the way that I use water everyday. I am trying to think of some ways in which I can use less water and have a more positive impact on the earth and the people in it.
Can you give me some ideas? What are some things that you do to try and not waste water?