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It takes a Bathtub of Water to Produce One Cup of Coffee‚Ķ

Here is my monthly post where I worry about the world’s water. Which I have also done in these posts-

How can our agencies not talk to each other?
Whew, so that said, I just came across a new IBM site on water management where there was a surprising fact about the infrastructure of water management.

There are nearly 53,000 water agencies in the United States alone. But there is no coordination of these agencies, despite the fact that they are all managing a shared resource. There is no sharing of data to achieve a holistic view of the entire watershed or water ecosystem. Through a combination of information gathering technology and analytics tools, global water management can be transformed, indeed reborn.

Here’s the facts and figures part:
Below is yet another chart showing the water footprints of various things. It’s in liters, which for those of you math challenged, you can convert easily here. And to give you an idea of how much water things cost to make, a typical bath is 35 gallons. So next time you order that cup of coffee, imagine that bathtub of water you just used.

Don’t forget to consider your water footprint outside:

30% of the water used on the East Coast of U.S. goes towards watering of lawns. A single golf course in Tampa, Florida uses 178,800 gallons of water every day, enough to meet the daily water needs of over 2,200 people.

A easy way to reuse grey water:
And lastly, we did have this post Use a Rain Barrel for Easy Greywater Diversion Systems for saving and reusing your grey water.

Best to all,

David Temple


Time to Winterize Your Rain Barrel

As the temperatures up north here drop, it’s time to winterize your rain barrel just like all your other outside watering tools. It’s simple

  • Drain all water from the rain barrel and the hoses.
  • Move your rain barrel into a garage or storage shed if you have one. If you do not have the storage space, turn the barrel upside down to prevent water from entering. Cover the spigot opening to prevent water from collecting there as well.
  • Back at your house, remember to reconnect gutter downspout or add temporary flexible gutter downspout to ensure water is diverted away from your house.