Hey, Kiddos. Let’s have a chat about water, shall we? Half inspired by this month’s National Geographic, half inspired by this morning’s events, I feel it’s about time.
Now, we’ve all hopefully heard the list of simple things we can do to conserve water: take shorter showers, do full loads of laundry, turn off the tap while brushing our teeth, et cetera. The last one on there always seemed really obvious to me, and I wondered who would actually do that. Well, this morning, while brushing my teeth in the community bathrooms of my hall, I witnessed the most terrible thing that dashed any hope that I had had for humans getting smarter:
I saw a girl leave the tap running at full for over three minutes while brushing her teeth and brushing her hair. REALLY? Are you fucking serious? If I had known her better, I would have turned it off right then and told her not to leave that on when she didn’t need it. In fact, I should have asked her to shut it off, regardless of the awkwardness that would have ensued. And if it was earlier in the school year (you know, with more than nine days left before we all part ways), then I would put up a sign saying to turn off the water while brushing teeth. But, seriously? Keeping it on while brushing your hair as well? How fucking wasteful can you get? I had to leave to keep myself from blowing up.
I suppose that I’m a little more angsty about water waste at the moment since the current National Geographic is all about water. There are so many examples of how a third of the world can’t get water and how wasteful people are who do have the water. So, seeing the tap just running killed me. That water must be cleaned again, will be lost in leakage (up to ten percent of water is lost in leaks in cities), and will take countless hours of energy to get back to that sink. AHHH! It drives me crazy!
So, here is what I want you to do: be smart. Turn off the tap if you don’t need it. Don’t use water bottles but refillable mugs/cups (I found out that a girl in my house goes to Walmart monthly to fill an entire cart of just bottled water for her family to drink when they go out. That’s not cost effective, it’s terribly wasteful, and they don’t even recycle all of the plastic). Don’t water your garden or wash your car if they don’t need it.
Little things can add up. You’ll save money, there will be less waste (because, let’s face it, I’m the efficiency queen), and you shouldn’t find your day being any more trouble.
So, please! Don’t brush your teeth while the water runs! Or I’ll go completely crazy again and turn into Eco-Bitch!