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Toting My Water

Posted on: February 23, 2014


In the dead of winter our basement drain plugged up. When we used the kitchen sink, a puddle appeared in the basement. When we tried to wash our clothes, the basement flooded. Fortunately the toilets worked.

So, to do the laundry, I diverted the water from the washer into a barrel and then toted the waste water in a big bucket up the stairs and flushed it down the toilet. What an ordeal! But an enlightening one.

One doesn’t realize how much water we use to wash our clothes until we have to carry all that water. This experience not only helped me empathize with those in other lands who must tote their water, but it also made me realize how many natural resources it takes to do our regular chores.

As a family of two, we do one load of laundry per week. It blows my mind to think of how much water a family of four would use, especially one that follows the American dictum Sparkling White is Better that the soap manufacturers impose on us. We have a friend who washes every towel after it’s used once. Another family of three does four loads a week! I’ve talked to them about “the tyranny of appearances.” They don’t get it. How they look (and how they feel about how they look) is much more important to them than how much water they use. Oh, that they had to tote their own water!


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