Both Freshwater Fish and Your Wallet Want You To Make Some Changes!

| 7/30/2019 9:48:00 AM

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Going zero-waste, decreasing electrical usage and recycling are all great ways to incorporate sustainability into your lifestyle without having to give up the things you love, but what about water usage? Is it possible to live with the same creature comforts while cutting back on the amount of water used? And why does water conservation really matter?

While clean, safe water seems to magically pour out of taps in places like the US, that isn’t a reality in many places in the world. Less than 1% of all the water on the planet is “available” freshwater, meaning it isn’t locked in glaciers. And due to varied weather and geography, the replenishment rates of freshwater are anything but reliable.

Though water is technically renewable, it is only renewable in the sense that it can become pure freshwater through natural processes after being tainted. Water is a finite resource—meaning there’s only so much to go around. As the global population steadily grows, this means that the same, fixed amount of water needs to adequately support all our communities, agricultural practices and natural ecosystems or something will give.

8/9/2019 8:14:23 AM

Should have included mention of various compost toilet arrangements! Some places, like Sweden, there are porcelain separator commodes (liquids drain separate, from forward smaller bowl; solids go in rear bowl, then into composter container)...this kind has even been designed into at least one big apartment near a waterfront, so, it also designed-in ways for residents upstairs to easily dump composts from both toilet and kitchen, hygienically. But if one has a decent size yard, toilet compost can go in garden. That works great for “bucket potties”, which almost anyone can make, very low cost....those do require doing them right, like covering each deposit with enough peat, sawdust, etc.) and, emptying as needed. Ventilation is also a good idea. But there are an amazing array of different designs of composting toilets, to fit different circumstances, if one wants to buy one....some can (highly recommended) separate liquids from solids, can either use a container for liquids, or connect to a drain hose to a tank or to house plumbing, or to garden via a drain seep (urine turns into ammonia; needs time dilution; avoid concentration it only unti a “French drain”...that would quickly start stenching). If one is clever, and can, one can collect shower and bath water to flush the toilet, various ways...even by bucketing it to fill the tank (shutting off the waterline to it, using grey water instead). Books on this I found very good: “Solviva”, Humanure handbook,....and reading up on it online, look at various kinds, to see what might work best for your situation. Because, even low-water use toilets use a LOT of potable water.

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