Friday, August 10, 2012

Water conservation and rice from China!

To expand on my blog “WaterConservation and Meat from TEXAS”, I would like to address that as much as I am for conserving our water and raising our own animals. I do think we should maybe not farm for rice in Texas or any other crop that is water expansive. Most farmers need 2,000 liters of water to produce one kilogram of rice. Now that’s a lot! Those 2,000 liters could go to something more important such as farming livestock. Texas does have a lot of room to grow so why not keep the land just for those animals and leave the rice to states and countries that can make an abundance of it without still struggling for water.
Personally as an everyday Texan, living in an area that the land is desperate for water, I think I could personally conserve water. At least in my own home as I am sure that most of us could. Why don’t we make it a law to only allow shower heads to run only 15 minutes at a time, so you are forced to take shorter showers. I know that some people do not take that long to shower, but hey my brother takes about 30 minutes. Crazy, I know. But this could help with those of us that use more than we really need. As well as laundry day, some people do it every day and it really is not needed that often. Families of 4 should cut laundry in half by only doing it twice a week. I know that some family’s do it every day! More than half the time the load can fit a lot more in them and we don’t use the space.
Did you know that every time you flush your toilet, you waste approximately 3.5 gallons of clean water and go through about 17 gallons a day! Now this is insane why are we using water that we could bathe and drink in to flush our waste? I know it would take a lot of effort to change this around but I know an easier way to help this. If you are at home and you only have to urinate, why don’t you just not flush it that time and wait till the next time you have to go. That way you are now saving approximately 4 gallons of water each day. I could do that. 

1 comment:

  1. After reading this post, I agree with the whole rice growing in Texas. Texas could save that water and use it for something a little more important especially with the drought that has been going on the past couple of years. Texas could always bring it in from another state or country. As for the conservation of water I like the cutting off the shower heads at 15 minutes but I think you could lower it to about 10 minutes. I dont know why it should take anyone longer than 10 minutes to take a shower. You could also cut water costs by turning off the water when brushing teeth instead of letting it run, turn off the water if the faucet is leaking. However I don't agree with not flushing when you have to urinate. First of all its gross, its unsanitary, and not safe. What if you go to the bathroom and accidently leave the seat up and you have a child walking around being curious I'm sure you dont want the child playing in urine or if a dog thinks its water and starts to drink it. Leaving urine in the toilet for perhaps hours would start to smell and just not healthy to leave around waiting till the next flush. There are plenty of other ways to save water in and outside of the home, but not flushing every time you have to go to the bathroom wouldn't be right.