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A Nice Tall Drink of Water



So much rain, 2 inches in one afternoon , falling as we catch up in the gauge.  There are meetings in the Capital about drought and when to make the declaration.

I can hear the sump pumps running to move the street runoff away from the house and to the French drains down the side yard.  I check the floor drains before I head for bed.  So much rain is falling.

The skylights reflect not a gentle lullaby rather it is a full tap dance driving across this stage and one downspout is gurgling from too much input.

I think about putting the new filter into the drinking water spigot and am glad I put that expense before sweets and the spring holidays.

When I was growing, my water came from artesian wells.  It was sweet and smooth and I loved to hold it on my tongue on a hot day.   The Brewery down the road reminded us that “It’s the Water” on every bottle and can.   There is still one well in the middle of downtown and always there are folks there filling up pails and buckets to take it home.

Our water now is full of chlorine and pumped from miles away.   Since chlorine is so problematic for my body, I have bought a fancy filter system for drinking water.  Several of my neighbors have bought distilling tanks.   Chlorine is a full spectrum killer and very hard on our bodies – now we have to take probiotics to replace what we have lost.

What was naturally here is now overwhelmed by too many people and garbage.

When I took my children on field trips out on the bay, we learned about how street runoff, laundry soaps and shampoos are destroying the water habitats of Puget Sound.   How our male seagulls lay non-viable eggs .  We need to worry about high tides, landslides and the septic systems of all the housing along the beaches and banks of our precious water supply.

I now read that Arizona may only have 5 more years of drinkable water because of the golf courses.  I will need to study that further.   The same story talked about the farm lands of California may only have another 15 to 20 years of clean water.

Have you seen the documentary Flow; for the love of water?

The water that we do have is being increasingly attacked and assaulted by wasteful usage.  It is the little things that make a difference.   Such as using too much detergent for our laundry or small loads, using toxic soap in the dishwasher and too much, using shampoo that conflicts with the natural environment and then using too much of a good thing.   Bleach is not the only antiseptic for cleaning up and disinfecting.

Yes! Magazine Spring 2010  issue has an interesting article about how our not very “green” birth control  methods are making male fish produce eggs and that of course makes me think about all the medications that are flushed out of our systems.   I wonder how we teach eco- responsible sexuality.

We have used 10 cubic feet of water less in February 2010.  We made a choice to do this.  We cut out 4 loads of laundry, took very short and efficient showers, rinsed the dishes in one basin of water before putting in the dishwasher – which we loaded with extreme care, and we used environmentally safe products which do not suds.  One other effort we made was to be extremely conscious about our water usage – such as not letting it run while washing our face or brushing teeth.

We have bottled water in our emergency kit and for flushing toilets because of earthquake possibilities, but we do not use bottle water in between.  There is no regulation on bottled water and it does not have to be from anywhere to claim it is so – the Perrier water, I had last came from Michigan!

Around the world, 3 companies are buying up all the water rights.  Did you know that?

Clean water and clean air are basic human needs.   How do you care for your water supply?  How do you teach others to use water?  I believe this is an area where one can have profound influence locally.  When was your last field trip to check things out?

Related reading:
Flow for Love of Water

27 Responses to “A Nice Tall Drink of Water”

  1. Dot Says:

    I remember hearing predictions in the 60’s about how our water and air supplies would be challenged in the coming years if we didn’t take steps. There are so many creative, passionate young people in our universities and high schools — if only we could tap into that, I’m sure there would be lots of solutions. If the corporations would allow them.

  2. Davina Says:

    For years we didn’t have running water on the farm. I remember going to the pump house with a bucket and pumping water for kitchen duties. I wish I could go back to those days. Funny, we had to work harder for things and yet, life seemed so much easier.

    Honestly, I don’t put a lot of thought into this; there is so much talk about the environment and news stories left and right, it is overwhelming. I try to do the best I can. I use minimal water for dishes and don’t linger in the shower, or let the water run when I brush my teeth. I take no medication and as for other products, I watch for the biodegradable brands, but don’t always buy them, depending on cost and my budget.

    I’m trusting that the experts are doing what they can to find solutions and I try to do the best I can.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..On the First Day of Spring =-.

  3. Patricia Says:

    The University I used to work at has lots of compassionate environmentalists…and they are working hard on water issues, but there are 3 – yes just 3- corporations hard at work controlling every drop of water that they are able to –One of them is bottling 15 kinds of water in Michigan – including French brands – and drying up farm wells like crazy….we all need to open our eyes and understand what our public utilities districts are doing. All of us
    Water is a human need – not a money making proposition for wall street.

    Yes, we got our water from Artesian wells as a child….and it seems like there is plenty – it is just not so clean any more and a few multi-national corporations are gaining control because folks are not paying attention –
    and folks are making huge profits

    I am asking folks to open their eyes and do the best that they can – the documentary is well worth it – it is getting to be old news.

    Although Canada says our strawberries have too much fungicide for entrance to Canada….Our state has the highest levels of MS in the world and the finger is pointing to Canada’s waste management and the use of the Columbia River…..At least at our border folks are able to communicate…now those golfers are totally off base! and non-communicative!

  4. suzen Says:

    I’m with Davina as far as my personal history – I didn’t grow up with running water in the house, but a pump outside. I never knew it was a “hard” way of living, it just was.

    I took the time to watch Flow and have bookmarked that site! I agree totally with conservation and do as much as I can – this film, as shocking as it could be, was not surprising in light of all the research I have done on the food/dairy industries lately – and not surprising Nestle was among the bad guys yet again! It it absolutely CRITICAL that people wake up and I am going to take an active role in providing health info revealing a lot of these concerns. I’m appalled at the whole plastic water bottle thing and the entire “genius” marketing that make such fools of especially us in the U.S. The World Bank and corporate power out there is frightening. I am part Cherokee and the Native American approach to all of nature is truly in my blood so I appreciated the film noting that.

    I thank you SO much for this information. I am a bit bummed, and very angry – but then I must remember the words of the African woman who wisely said her anger would not help her.

    Again, thank you!

  5. Mark Says:

    Water is critical to our survival thanks for creating this awareness!
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..The Power of Silence =-.

  6. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for your comments. That is quite a documentary. I have watched it a number of times. I just keep attempting to bring ideas to the surface that are attracting my attention. The bottled water problem is big – as a person who is harmed by chlorine in water, I have several times had to purchase bottled water and discovered it more impure than the tap water – it is quite often just tap water filled at a pumping station – full of fluoride, chlorine, and a vast array of other things that infuriate my liver and kidney disease.
    Anger seems to do nothing…but clean water is a human necessity – oil is not….truly….this is what we want our government protecting us from….
    sometimes I think water is the way we will do the most harm to the most people in the world. Scary stuff.

  7. Patricia Says:

    You are welcome I just found out today is World Water Day – so some synchronicity?
    Clean water is so important to my healing process. I could not ignore it.

  8. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    I’m not as responsible as you are. I’m still focused on trying to take shorter showers – and teaching my kids to do the same. We’re actually getting better – much better – but there’s so much more we could be doing.

  9. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for your kind words. Since we took the Architecture 2030 challenge 2 years ago, I have been actively seeking ways to minimize our impact on the world and not be glutinous about our using resources. We have been re-thinking so many things we do. And with this liver infection again, it is crucial that I drink clean water – how strange to discover what I thought I had was not.

    I know you do not read books these days – you do read many blogs – but I think you would really enjoy Ecotopia which I just reviewed. Most of it takes place in SF. I just think of what a wonderful world we would be passing on if even half of those stories of 1975 had come true!

  10. Tony Single Says:

    It’s chilling to read that there are just 3 companies that are buying up water rights. I honestly feel like oxygen rights are the logical next step and that no one will stop whoever tries to acquire them.

    We do what we can in our household to minimise our water usage, especially seeing as we have water restrictions owing to drought conditions. Like Davina, we try to buy biodegradable where we can, we spend very little time in the shower, we wash dishes only once a day… all those things.

    Oh, and I’m still trying to hunt down a copy of Ecotopia, but I have a feeling it’ll be worth it! :)
    .-= Tony Single´s last blog ..Normal Man Goes Super =-.

  11. Patricia Says:

    thank you for dropping in – yes I think Ecotopia will be worth it. I just saw a copy for $2.10 on Amazon UK – I think that is #s not USA dollars.

    I think too I want to be aware because there are lots of third world communities who are not aware that their water is being taken over. We have been helping our local college students purchase pumps for the desert and they go over seas to plant trees – the Tribal people locally are ahead of the water game here and just need support for the fishing damage that has already been done.

    We just all try to do our best effort – it will work out best for everyone
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..A Nice Tall Drink of Water =-.

  12. Talon Says:

    Wonderful post, Patricia. I hope your rain eases up soon. I grew up in the country, living on a well. The tastiest water – still miss it. It’s amazing how much you can smell the chlorine in city water and I wonder what that does to our health.

    I’ve always been pretty concious of how much we take the luxury of running water for granted. Like you, I think about water usage and we’ve done as much as we can in the house and garden to reduce the usage. We replaced old toilets with low-flush models, we have rain barrels that we use to water the gardens (though with the amount of rain we’ve had the last few summers we haven’t had to use them) and we try to be concious of unnecessary water useage. I’ve never drunk bottled water, but have an under-the-sink filter system with a separate tap that we use for drinking or cooking food. Little things, but I think they can add up. I’d hate to think we’d get to a point where there was water all around us, but not a drop to drink.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..Always… =-.

  13. Patricia Says:

    Looks like you and yours have been very conscientious about water usage. I will say thank you – We feel now we must turn our attentions to those folks who do not know or understand…and particularly those who Globally do not understand what the Corporations are doing to the water!

  14. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. we too have water shortages here – especially south of London .. but everywhere. We also have added fluoride to our water .. I really dislike chemicals and have just been fortunate to be healthy, and again we were brought up with fresh vegetables from the garden .. there was a pump or two .. but I think they’d been phased out before my parents bought the house in the late 40s. I absolutely do not buy bottled water, especially as the chemicals in the plastic leach out. I am as careful as I can be & always have been. Life is precious and I’m not sure we’re helping ourselves as much as I know that we should be. Thanks for pointing some of these major issues out – the documentary I’ll get to see sometime .. and Ectopia I’ll read sometime .. thank you .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Spring Cleaning and Passion …. =-.

  15. Patricia Says:

    You are welcome and because we are having so much rain here, I think folks forget. I think we are doing ourselves in…cutting off our own feet so to speak?
    I am trying to understand, because it seems to be just for greed.

  16. Barb Hartsook Says:

    It IS scary stuff… I know I take all that we have for granted sometimes. Though I don’t when I think about it. Thanks for making me think about it today…

    I love the title of this post — and I remembered how much you love cold, fresh water.

  17. J.D. Meier Says:

    > Arizona may only have 5 more years of drinkable water
    > California may only have another 15 to 20 years of clean water

    I never imagined running out of drinkable water, but it’s interesting how easy it is to take the basics for granted.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Cheat Sheet – Monday Vision, Daily Outcomes, and Friday Reflection Pattern =-.

  18. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for coming on by. When I was studying ethics my State Senator came and spoke to our class about War and Ab***rtion. He said when something big is in the front of our eyes it is distracting something else that might need attention.

    I started looking around and discovered quite a few things folks need to focus on locally and get knowledgeable about…and clean water needs to get to the top of the list…we do not want it to become privatized and that is what is happening behind the scenes and none of the world domination leaders in this area are from the USA or China….the more that one digs in the scarier it gets for our grandchildren. We worry about jobs and housing while our water is being scooped up..world wide.

  19. Patricia Says:

    This is truly becoming a scary issue the more I delve into it and study. We need to become better Global Citizens…while we worry about health care, jobs and the economy just 3-4 Global companies are nearly to major control of the world’s water resources.

    I just keep diving deeper and deeper into my study – all because my liver will not heal without clean water – no chlorine or fluoride water Clean water is truly a bigger problem than oil….

    I am hoping I can get some more folks working on these problems in their local area….Ecotopia style…Thank you for your comments.

  20. Kim Woodbridge Says:

    I lived in Tucson for 10 years and went to the University of Arizona – even in the 80’s and early 90’s water was a huge concern. I took an Environmental Biology course and the professor used to take us to the golf courses to protest. It’s unconscionable that so much water is used for grass in the desert where water is scarce.

    He also told us that the city was pumping groundwater and that it was built on porous sand. As the water is pumped out, the ground level goes down. I kept thinking that the downtown area was going to crumble because of this – it hasn’t happened yet but maybe they did something about the groundwater.

    And I am very concerned about private companies controlling water. I can’t see anything good coming from that.
    .-= Kim Woodbridge´s last blog ..14 Free WordPress Coffee Themes =-.

  21. Patricia Says:

    Working on healing, I have found water to be so important – clean water. I have also discovered that with all the public yelling and screaming going on – it has been distracting folks from the issues that might truly matter in their daily lives and in their children’s lives.
    And here we have so much rain, folks are hard pressed to find any interest in water – Oh that is someone else’s problem.

  22. Barb Hartsook Says:

    Oh my, Patricia. Your state Senator is right! It takes some digging sometimes. The water issue is scarier than I thought…
    .-= Barb Hartsook´s last blog ..Do We Recognize Opportunities as They Soar Over Us? =-.

  23. Patricia Says:

    I think greedy people are so pleased about the death threats and the tea bagger stuff right now…because it is covering up what others are doing – I have uncovered some pretty despicable things about water in just my latest research….some of our local artisan well water is being bottled and shipped to New Mexico…the European company doing this gets all their water FREE…right here in my own neighborhood….but folks are not interested here because it is so rainy – they are so distracted.

  24. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I, too, remember the days of not having running water, but instead pumping it into pails and heating it on a wood stove. In some ways, I miss those days.

    I’ve become more conscience of my water usage. I rarely buy bottled water, use biodegradable shampoos and detergents and am constantly finding new ways to lessen our use of chemicals knowing they all end up in the water supply.

    I commend you Patricia for bringing this important subject to light. Like you said, many prefer to just keep it buried by distracting us with other issues. When the day comes it begins to affect THEM personally, I’ll bet we hear lots.
    .-= Barbara Swafford´s last blog ..Warning! Online Bullies Hide Behind Their Words =-.

  25. Patricia Says:

    It is truly a selfish issue, as my big goal is to heal myself and the human body – especially mine announces boldly that it hates chemicals – My liver is so inflamed and I am finding it difficult to find clean water. Don’t trust bottled water, it is unregulated and can make you very ill. Thank you for coming on by.

  26. Evita Says:

    Hi Patricia

    I am so glad you talked about this, oh this is a topic that is so dear to my heart as well!!!

    I have seen some of the movies on water and through the research I did, it doesn’t look pretty. Chlorine is part of the problem but the other biggie is the fluoride they add that is doing some nasty things to our health as well.

    This is why I am so glad that we are moving to a natural area where we will be drinking water from our very own deep drilled well (not sure if that makes it Artesian or not) and we also have a fresh mountain spring in the area too.

    I have really had enough of the chlorine and chemicals and this is an important issue for all to consider as we are 70% water and rely on this substance in so many ways each day. Thanks again for writing about it.

  27. Patricia Says:

    I have been researching this for my architectural husband and assisting his blog…and I thought it was so important to share and create awareness.

    Also I think many of our health problems can be traced to all the problems folks add to the water…good, clean water is getting very hard to come by…

    I personally have an under the counter filter system and boil the water to run through it also. My liver is like a canary to water problems.
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..In fair Ashland, we lay our scene… =-.