On with the next challenge! We continue to grow in ranks with almost forty signed up and many following along. Please sign up! Latter in the year, those signed up for my team will take on Oprah’s people in a cage match!
The last challenge was graciously sponsored by Strictly Organic Coffee who will kick in some free organic Hazelnuts (type Deep-Sea News Just One Thing Challenge into the Special Order Instructions box) with every purchase for the entire month of March. You should order some because the coffee is organic, shade-grown, free-trade, and the coffee pulp left over from processing (below) is composted. Most importantly the stuff tastes exceptional and will reduce the coffee you drink now to filthy swill.
This week’s challenge is to conserve water. Simple as that. Kevin has been harassing me about this for a while and the challenge seems like a good follow up to his post. Indeed, the waste of water really, really upsets Kevin. You really don’t want to see Kevin angry do you? Why would water conservation help the oceans? Increased water consumption and waste strains water treatment plants, sewage plants, storm-drain systems, decreasing their efficiency to remove pollutants from the water. That water runs into our rivers, streams, lakes, bays, and eventually oceans. Diverting water from rivers and streams reduces sand on beaches and can often choke coastal wetlands. Below the fold is a list of things you can do to conserve water.
Ongoing challenges can be seen here
People accepting the Just One Thing Challenge: 1. Craig McClain 2. Kevin Zelnio 3. Peter Etnoyer 4. Sheril K. 5. Mike G 6. Farne 7. Jim Lemire 8. Kiki 9. Fish Guy Dave 10. CK 11. Karen James 12. Merisea 13. Keely 14. tonyj 15. Traci 16. Mrs. Hillary Victoria Minor 17. Peter Mc 18. Tony D 19. Mary Aloyse Firestone 20. Miriam Goldstein 21.John 22. Judith in Ottawa 23. tjewell 24. Slim 25. Ashley 26. Silver 27. Steve W. 28. John Hill 29. Rachel 30. tjewell 31. Eric 32. jebyrnes 33. Lynna Landstreet 34. Ole 35. Carrie 36. Max 37. Marsh. 38. Summer 39. You?
Much of this list is from Helvarg’s 50 Ways to Save the Ocean and excellent book that I will continue to draw upon for inspiration.
- If your toilet is older 1992, add a toilet dam to reduce the amount of water flowing out of it. I am a big fan of the brick or rock (Helvarg recommends against this as it can deteriorate and clog your pipes) when I was a poor graduate student.
- If you can afford it and live in your own place, replacing the toilet with a fancy, shmancy low-flush one is in order.
- Install a low-flow showerhead. Take shorter showers. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode…
- Place an aerators on all your faucets
- Check pipes, faucets, appliances for water leaks
- Update to a front-loading washing machine (which actually preserves your clothes longer too) and low-water use dishwasher. Wash only full loads even if you want to wear your favorite shirt twice in one week.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. Fill the sink up when you want to wash or shave
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl
- Fill your sink to wash and rinse dishes
- Get your yard in check. This is my biggest pet peeve. What is people’s freakin obsession with owning a green yard. Neon green doesn’t look good. You would never lay down on the grass because of the herbicide, pesticide, and fertilizer. What is also with people who feel the need to grow tropical plants in nontropical areas. So to landscape your yard use native plants only (invasive plants species is a whole other issue) that appropriate to your climate (i.e. the natural amount of rainfall you get). Replace all that grass with something better.
- Irrigate your plants and yard with water you collect from a rain barrel tied into your roof’s downspout
- Sweep, rather than use the hose (really how lazy can some people be), to clean your driveway and sidewalk