Pitcher Perfect

The last blog I posted was a big, long post. It was on sustainable grocery shopping. So I thought it was good to send out a simple post to my readers about a quick, easy tip. One tip that could be done as soon as you’re done reading this post.

How often do you take a glass of water from the tap and maybe toss the remaining leftover? Boil eggs and toss the pot of water? Finish dinner and realize a few glasses on the table have bits of water leftover? Bring home water from a reusable bottle that was filled all day? All this water can be saved! Please, do not toss it down the drain!

From now on when you think of water, think of it as something literally being pulled up from the ground. Think about how water needs to come up from lakes, rivers and aquifers. I live in one of the largest Canadian cities that relies almost exclusively on groundwater for its drinking water supply.

Graphic breaking down how groundwater works.

Humans tend to take faster than they replenish. In first world countries, we don’t give Mother Nature a chance to recoup her losses before we’re at her again just stealing her natural resources. Water is precious, and we need to make sure to be careful with it. So using it frivolously is dangerous.

Want to help? Want an easy solution? All you need to do is keep a pitcher right next to your sink. Every time you have leftover water, toss it in the pitcher.

You won’t believe how quickly I fill that pitcher in a couple days.

Everything you flush down your home’s toilets and sinks goes to the sanitary sewer main. This includes wasted water from water-based appliances such as dishwashers and clothes washers. Sanitary sewer mains carry this waste to the wastewater treatment plant where it is treated before flowing into the Speed River.

City of Guelph

I will one day go into a whole slew of water-saving tips, but for now, just remember to pour leftover water into a pitcher by your sink and use it for:

  • drinking water for pets (depending on what you collect)
  • watering indoor plants
  • watering outside plants and planters
  • rinsing veggies

Now tell me that’s not the epitome of easy? This is clearly water-savings, meaning it’s easy on your water bill. This is so easy to do. And our water system and most precious natural resource is treated with ease.

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Want to help protect water even more? Maybe make a donation as a gift in someone’s name? Maybe a holiday gift? Maybe you’re worried and want to start making a bigger impact than just a pitcher by the sink? Check out the Wellington Water Watchers and the Where Can You Learn More section of my site.

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