Since we mostly depend on rain for our water supply, we are really having to watch our water usage. Beck, who thinks I am a bit crazy about the whole thing, has referred to me as "the water nutsy." OK, I will admit to being at least a little crazy. But hey... desperate times call for desperate measures.
So here are some of the ways that we are conserving water.
- #1 and most importantly... PRAY FOR RAIN!!!
- Check the tank on a daily basis to see how much water is left. (We are currently down to 1/4 tank or less.)
- Use dirty dish water for watering potted plants.
- Consider reducing morning walk/exercise to every other day. If you don't get sweaty, maybe you can get by one extra day without a shower. (My bro would be so proud. He knows how I like my daily shower.)
- Take what we un-affectionately call a "military shower." This means that you turn on the water long enough to get wet, turn off to lather up, and turn on again to rinse. No leisurely 20 minute showers these days!
- Collect cold shower water (the part where you are waiting for it to get warm) in a bucket and use for flushing the toilet.
- If it is yellow let it mellow, brown flush it down.
- Wear clothes more than once, unless they are covered with blood or pus or other such things from working at the hospital.
- Only do laundry when it rains, you run out of "the essentials" (a.k.a. scrubs), or are otherwise desperate for clean clothes.
- Borrow a hose from the neighbors so that you can pump water from the well faucet into the washing machine. Return the hose when you find out it doesn't fit. Physically haul 5-6 buckets of water from the well faucet, through the back door, and to the washing machine to fill it up. Try not to spill any precious drops. Call the neighbors and ask them to catch Brutus the Wonder Dog who has escaped out the back door while you are hauling water. Wait for the rinse cycle and sprint to the laundry room to refill the machine with well water. Thankfully rinse only requires 4 buckets. You figure if you started out the laundry conserving resources, you might as well finish it that way and hang the clothes out to dry.
- While hanging out the clothes, scan the horizon for rain clouds for about the millionth time today. You feel like Elijah. Think about your PNG friends who depend on rain to water their gardens. And pray some more.
- Hope that someone else has a hose that fits your faucet in case the rain tank runs dry and you need to fill it from the well. (Not sure what to do if no one has a hose that fits. I guess we will cross that bridge when we come to it!)
- Spending half the day in conservation efforts has caused you to work up quite a thirst! Sit down and enjoy a nice glass of ice water. A small glass.
- Take a nap because you are tired from hauling water.
- Despite the comedy of it all, you feel thankful that you don't have to bathe or wash clothes in the river (yet) and only have to carry water as far as the back door.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, "Will you give me a drink?"
The Samaritan woman said to him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?" (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, "If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."
"Sir," the woman said, "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?"
Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
~ John 4:7-14