Just a “Little Matter” of Water
Much of the Midwest, including my state, is in a drought emergency. Pastures are drying up, the corn is suffering, and there are shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells. The heat saps our energy; I avoid unnecessary sun exposure, bring my flowers into the shade during the hottest part of the day (and bid a sad farewell to those who have “bit the dust”). I mist our newly planted trees in the evening, and just generally watch the countryside fry and dry up. Even neighborhood birds are staggering around with their beaks wide open and tongues hanging out! (We refill the bird bath 2 X a day.)
Pleas have been issued locally for the voluntary reduction in water usage, and the kind and gentle folks here reduced consumption from 5 million gallons of water per day down to 4.1 million. The imposed Water Warning came about due to the city’s residents using more than 4.5 million gallons for five days in a row. No lawn or outside water usage from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hold off washing the car unless it’s early or late in the day, and please, shorter showers or brief baths! We can do it if we pull together.
Conserving water is a smart thing to do. You know the drill; don’t leave the water running when you brush your teeth, keep cold drinking water in the fridge so you aren’t running the tap needlessly, and recycle gray water if possible (my own Granny would give her petunias a drink of recycled wash water). I surprised myself when I mopped up some spilled water and wrung out the rag into a pot of flowers! I patted myself on the back, but at the same moment, it really struck me how serious a fresh water shortage could be–frightening even.
However, I’ve got an “Ace in the Hole”… a very handy product that solves a lot of water issues– J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar. Multi-tasking and multi-faceted. First off, fantastic for your hair: just one product–rinses out easily—uses less water–a huge win. Most folks won’t need a conditioner, so we’re saving on an extra water-wasting step here– use it as a body soap (I do) and shave cream if you wish. One product, one easy rinse, less time in the shower, more water for the rest of the world. I like that very much.
If you’re out hiking and camping, easy access to fresh water can be limited; you’ll need to pack it in along with everything else. No one wants to waste water, packing space, and time. J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar fills the bill… biodegradable, no harmful chemicals, easy to transport, super easy to use. Clean up a few dishes, wash out a garment, recycle the gray water–wow, did you save on resources!
Out on the lake, river, ocean… fresh water is a precious commodity– carefully plan your usage and be sure you have J.R.LIGGETT’S Shampoo Bar. Drought is a serious deal; let’s do our part in being a good steward of fresh water.
Joy Richter 2012 ©copyright 2012 J.R.LIGGETT
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Top photo: “Lady” & “Rocket”, family farm pond in rural Northeast Nebraska
Second photo: drinking along a river bed in the Missouri Ozarks