As we wait for the rains of tropical storm Hanna to approach the Northeast this afternoon, I got to thinking about water. They say we can expect up to six inches of rain. That's a lot of water. But then I remembered something I read in 365 Ways to Save the Earth. I was blown away by the analogy below . . .
Turn off the tap while you brush your teeth.
Earth has been nicknamed the "blue planet" because of its abundance of water. This is misleading, however. If all the water on earth could be contained in a big bucket, the frozen fresh water at the poles and in glaciers would fill a small cup, and all the fresh water available to people—lakes, rivers, and ground water—would fit into a teaspoon. Our natural fresh water reserves are not expandable, and they must be shared among an ever growing global population.
Turning off the tap during the time it takes to brush our teeth saves almost five gallons of water. That is more than an average citizen of Kenya makes do with throughout an entire day.
Turning off the tap . . . it's such a simple little thing! And all of these simple little things can add up and help to save our big blue planet.