Water wise

With recent talks of stage 4 water restrictions being introduced by May 1 if the rains still don’t come, everyone is being encouraged to save water as much as they can. Australia, being a dry country in the grip of a drought, has a need for some good drenching (preferably soon).

We’ve been trying our best to do our bit by conserving water at home and had stopped watering the lawns way before the stage 3 restrictions (all lawns cannot be watered during stage 3 restrictions). What used to be green lawn in our backyard is now nothing more than brown, parched soil with patches of green, very resilient weeds. Most of our plants only get watered during the assigned days (Wednesdays and Sundays for us) and mostly with just greywater saved from the shower/bath. I also tried to harvest the waste water from the washing machine last weekend so that our plants would have more water to drink but that didn’t go well. How was I supposed to know that the hose had to be a certain height for it to empty the water from the machine?! Oh well, better luck next time then.

We’ve also tried taking shorter showers, with hubby having more success in this area than I do although I’ve also improved a bit. We also haven’t had our car washed in ages – hubby calls the current state of (un)cleanliness of our car a “badge of honour”. Aside from having the windscreen cleaned whenever we’re at the petrol station, we don’t really mind the dirt anyway. We’ve also long figured out that sweeping paved areas with a dry brush is both good exercise and quite effective.

We got our water bill last week and was pleasantly surprised that our household water use has continued to fall and way below the average water usage for a couple. Apart from lower water rates, it’s good to know that we’re doing our bit in conserving our precious water in whatever little way we can.

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Published in: on March 16, 2007 at 12:58 pm  Comments (4)  

Finally, an update!

Apologies to regular readers of this blog for the lack of updates lately. Work commitments, managing our home, future travel planning and some vegetating in front of the television have filled most of our time off lately. Nothing exciting really except we’re nominated for The 2007 Philippine Blog Awards in both the Main: Personal and Special Awards: Best OFW Blog categories! Yay!

Some of the nominated blog owners have expressed surprise on having their blogs nominated but no such shock for us. Why? Well, because I nominated our site to both categories myself! Hubby and I have no illusions in winning either category as there are some heavyweights in the list that have a wider audience and better content. No harm in trying though and hey, it’s still free advertising to let other people know that our blog exists. A win-win situation, wouldn’t you say?

Published in: on March 16, 2007 at 12:24 pm  Comments (3)