Drought is plaguing the area I live. Is there any way to help?
It takes time for your running water to get hot. A few years ago a good friend of mine mentioned that she keeps a bucket close by to place under her kitchen faucet while she waits for her water to get warm. That conversation came back to me as I pondered what I could do to help with the drought in my community. I can pray for rain and I can be careful how my family uses water.
Here are a few simple things we do:
- We have a five gallon bucket in the shower/bathtub to catch the water until it heats to the desired temperature. Then after the shower/bath we take the bucket outside and dump it on a dry patch of lawn. (Caution: Realize that a bucket of water could be a drowning hazard for small children.)
2. We have a gallon bucket under the kitchen sink to pull out and use as we heat the water for dish duty or when we rinse off fruits and vegetables. Then we can water houseplants or take the water out to the garden.
3. Talking about using water wisely builds an awareness. It always amazes me when I talk to my kids and ask them for possible solutions to problems. Kids aren’t trapped by “how things have always been done”; they are quite inventive.
Splash with care! Have a great summer.