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That's a Lot of Chicken Scratch

Rima AustinI listen to talk radio on the way to and from work, and lately there has been a lot of time given to the water crisis in California. I understand all too well what it means to have a shortage on water, but I have never been in a situation where there was a threat that I would wake up one day and have no water at all and the thought of it scares me.

California drought

Courtesy: The Center for Investigative Reporting


I have mentioned water before but it seems like water issues are something I have to address on a weekly basis, if not a day-to-day basis. I remember the days when I could go to the tap and turn it on and not think anything about standing there for two or three minutes with the water running waiting for it to get hot. I think a majority of people do not give water a second thought, and why would we? In the region I live in especially, water is not an issue. We have a long rainy season and being so far above sea level, and in a mountainous region, flooding is not a major issue either. A lot of readers may ask, “Why do I need to worry about this?”

Heather on Calf Killer

My daughter Heather enjoying Tennessee waters.

The answer is you don’t … yet. But why wait until there is a code red? If anything, a family could cut down on their water consumption anywhere they live, whether it is on a farm or in a high rise downtown in a city. Think of the money that could be saved just by collecting water in water jugs and operating solely out of those for everything other than baths or showers. You’re probably thinking that the money you save wouldn’t be worth the massive sacrifice, but even if you saved $30 a month, that’s a lot of chicken scratch! So, I took the liberty of making a list of things that a conscientious water conserver could frivolously spend: