Archive for June 15, 2008

How much water?

 

   I remember an old western movie in which the town experienced a water shortage. A vigilante group brought out a woman who had used what little water there was to wash her hair. “But it was dirty,” she protested. If I remember correctly, they promptly cut off her hair or otherwise doled out justice, Old West style.

   As Cedar Rapids residents were asked to restrict their water usage in the wake of floods that have devastated some parts of the city, many jumped on board to do what they could, while others apparently ignored the plea to conserve.

   Those restrictions have been relaxed, as of today, allowing short showers, and dishwashing and laundry to be done on odd days if your address is odd-numbered, and on even days for even-numbered addresses, from what I’m told.

   Still, it’s interesting to see how resourceful we could be during this crisis. I’ve found that water from my full dehumidifier is enough to “flush” the toilet once. And although a once a day flush may be a little extreme in the long-term, at least I’ve found a new use for the “gray water.” If anyone has other suggestions – I know people were using rainwater for the same thing – please add your comments below.

 

 

The following on water usage comes from the 

 

 Agricultural Water Management Council:

 

 

  Brush your teeth – 2 to 5 gallons

 

  Wash the car – 50 gallons

 

  Use the dishwasher – 8 to 15 gallons

 

  Flush the toilet – 1.5 to 4 gallons (each flush)

 

  Take a shower or bath – 17 to 24 gallons

 

  Run the washing machine – 35 to 50 gallons (each load)

 

  Eat lunch, chicken sandwich – 215.1 gallons

 

  Drink a glass (8 oz.) of orange juice – 49.1 gallons

 

  Eat dinner, lasagna, salad, and garlic bread 470 gallons

 

 

 

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