While down at Drinking Liberally a week ago, some friends remarked about how relaxed Asheville has been on the current drought. They pointed out that there has been little official encouragement aimed at water conservation.
Elaine Lite was Rite! There are limits to growth. Some we impose by choice and some [are] set by nature. I was just in Birmingham and saw their completely scorched lawns. Some houses had yard signs proclaiming any watering was supplied by private wells, an obvious sign that there are official restrictions in place. The term “Ashevegas” so far has referred to a blog site but may, in the near future, refer to the way we (don’t) deal with our water supply. Raise your hand if you are aware that the Colorado River rarely makes it all the way to its delta in the Gulf of California.
Here’s something I tried out with success: Put a couple of cheap plastic dishpans on the floor of your shower. The water you catch waiting for the warm stuff to arrive can be used for anything. While showering, stand with a foot in each dishpan for a nice warm soak. The soapy shower water can be used to flush the toilet. [You] should get two or three flushes from one shower. Pour straight into the toilet bowl. Pour a little in slowly after the flush to replace the bowl water. Also, if allowed in your household: “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” is a valid flush cycle.
You landlords can encourage tenants to conserve [in order] to head off increased water rates, which naturally will be reflected in higher rents. Let’s be true conservatives—of resources.
— Larry Abbott
Buncombe Green Party