Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Do we take water for granted?

There are so many things that we take for granted and for most of us, water is one of them. You open the faucet and out it flows. What would our lives be like if it didn't happen? 

Three million of my neighbours and I are about to find out. I live in Mexico City, in a neighbourhood that mirrors what you would expect to see in the United States or Canada. The main difference are endless traffic lines, obvious cultural variations and sometimes, poorly paved streets.




The city’s water pipes are undergoing maintenance and tomorrow, the districts around me, home to 3 million people, are going to have our water supply cut off completely. The water supply is expected to be back at full capacity within seven days. An entire week. 

We have water tanks that will last two days, so the building sent through a list of suggestions. I am sharing them because they made me think about my daily habits. 

  • Avoid washing clothes and if it is absolutely necessary, make sure that the load is completely full to avoid water waste. 
  • Keep showers as short as possible and use a bucket to capture water and keep that on hand for when water runs out. 
  • Close the tap while brushing teeth (I do this already). 
  • Avoid cooking food that needs lots of water. 
  • Eat on paper plates to avoid washing dishes. 
  • Flush the toilet only when necessary. 
  • Go on vacation if possible (yeah right). 

Millions of people in Mexico do not have easy access to water and the United Nations tells us that more than a billion worldwide are affected by water scarcity. Not having H20 for a week is nothing compared to what those living in poverty stricken (or water scarce) areas face every day. 

It made me think about what my life would be like if we had to ration for water on a daily basis. I would love to know where the big wins are. Keeping showers short and turning off the tap while we brush our teeth are fairly obvious and easy. I never thought of using a bucket, this could be used for hand-washing clothes. We can also buy clothes from brands that use less water in production.  



Cooking with less water involves what we use in the kitchen as well as the water consumed during the production process. If we are grilling meat, we would think about how much water the cows drink, how much water irrigates the cow's food supply, and the amount of water consumed as part of the factory process. They say that one hamburger patty equals 26 showers! (Treehugger.com)


Paper Plates vs Dishwasher ??? 

I have been curious about this for a long time and I don't know what the answer is. What is better for the environment in the long run: to wash dishes or to use paper plates? I suppose it depends on the amount of water and other resources needed to produce paper plates and then to recycle them vs water used in dish washing. 

What else can we do to consume less water on a daily basis? Please leave your ideas in the comment box below! Thanks =) 


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Regina Chouza is a qualified Energy Healer, Angel Medium and author of Self-Healing, Cancer & Love and Chakra Healing & Magick. A graduate of the School of Intuition & Healing in London, she is developing a new technique that combines natal astrology, energy healing and crystals. Subscribe for an introduction to grounding, clearing and shielding your personal energy HERE.





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