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July 26, 2010

Water Works

Ignorant or oblivious? What do you call people who simply don't follow common sense logic when it comes to the use of water during these dry months, when Hawaii is currently ranked #1 in the nation for drought conditions? Irrigation allowances have been cut back and hopefully you are thinking twice before watering the yard, or at least doing so in the early AM or late afternoon hours. Our state has not been drought-free in one area or another for over two years now.

Here's a thought. You know how you turn the shower on and usually wait for at least thirty-seconds for the hot water to kick in? Why not bring a bucket into the shower with you and use that colder water for your plants? And make sure you turn the sink off when you are actually brushing your teeth. As for the toilet, there's always the adage, "if it's yellow, let it mellow", thus saving some water by not flushing after every usage. And you can also hook up an inexpensive rain gauge that will preclude your automatic sprinkler system from going off if there has been sufficient recent rainfall, thus stopping unnecessary extra watering on some days.

Lots of simple things you can do to help ease the demand on a very precious, most vital, sometimes not plentiful resource. Getting into the habit of making some simple lifestyle changes can go a long way toward helping our islands handle the concerns of conserving our fresh water. Think about it…

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