Can you imagine a day without water? Neither can I. Today is “Imagine a Day Without Water,” per the @uswateralliance + @water4colorado. Growing up with a family who homesteaded in Colorado 5 generations back, my dad and Rountree family instilled the value and scarcity of water in this arid climate. I grew up learning to be cognizant of that, trying to use and reuse a minimal water footprint and I am doing my best to teach the same to my daughter. We live in a dry state with complicated water laws and contracts, sending much of our water on to other arid Western states. The influx of new residents over recent years brought new developments with new green yards, golf courses and beautifully landscaped neighborhood entrances on land which was once brown / tan prairie land. This land wasn’t meant to be green, like it is on the coasts. Green grass looks lovely and don’t get me wrong, I appreciate a great lawn to run on + pretty neighborhood amenities, but I also worry about killing our water supply. What will the world look like for our children and children’s children, too if we don’t have enough water? I love this state and I want it to remain a lovely, livable place for generations to come. I’m not getting paid to advocate on behalf of minimizing your water usage and I’m not trying to tell anyone how to live their lives, but I am asking each and every Colorado resident to please think about your personal water consumption.
How do I make a difference? Here are some ideas:
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth and/or shave
Don’t throw out unwanted water glasses, give your plants or yard a drink instead
Buy drought resistant plants when landscaping
Consider a rain barrel to gather storm water and snow melt from your roof, to be reused in your yard during dry stretches. We love ours, no joke!
If you’ve read this far, you get a blue heart. Thanks for trying your best to be a good steward of our beautiful Colorado land! If you’d like to participate further, sign the #OneWaterPledge : https://imagineadaywithoutwater.org/pledge