The dam is for watering our animals and our vegetables.
Then we need water for the house. Unfortunately our house is about as unsustainable as they get. We built on stumps (no thermal mass to keep the house warm or cool) and chose to have a 'cute' little upstairs bedroom.
I didn't realise at the time that we were reducing the amount of rain water we could collect by having a tiny roof space! What we should do now is to build a shed and collect more water from the roof of that, but time and money always seem to be scarce. It's on The List!
|My friendly water delivery man. I wish I saw less of him no matter how nice he is!|
We had to buy water a couple of weeks ago and I've been thinking I should keep a record of how often we need to buy it. I hate ordering town water. It costs us a fortune! $180 for about 15 000 litres. I don't know how that compares to living in a town or city though.
We try to be careful with water in the house but with five people to keep clean and wash clothes and dishes for, we use a fair bit. I know I should do a water audit but it sounds so fiddly to chase the children around the house calculating how much each person uses when they brush their teeth, or when they're having a shower. If it were just the two of us it would be easier to work out. For now, the audit has also gone on The List.
I am quite careful with water. If I'm not going anywhere, I don't care if I go a couple of days without a shower. If I'm out in public though, I feel the need for a daily shower. I play games with this to extend it out. If I shower in the morning, then the next day I can shower at night. Then I figure I'm clean for the next day so I'll shower the following morning. It's almost a daily shower still but I've saved water. I also often pee outside rather than waste water. And I encourage the kids to do the same!
We have a couple of ideas on how to sort out our water until we finally get our shed up. Hopefully we'll get to them soon and I'll tell you all about it!
And my final story about water........ I love country living! A few years ago I bought a fountain statue that I loved. I want a little pond in our yard to enhance our little eco-system. She was up and running for a little while but then the pump stopped. She's been out of action for a long time. Well! The other day the meter man came and commented on how beautiful she was. I told him about her sad plight. He bent down, whipped the pump apart, pulled out a piece of dirt and.... hey presto!!!
If we can't provide our own water from our own property, then I need to face facts. The way we are living is not sustainable. This needs addressing and I will keep you up to date.