Starting Now

Ed. note: We’re hoping to get some rain, off and on, in the next few days but water levels are still so very low. Conservation is key. Today, Jaye gives us some tips on how to be a lot more water conscious without going nuts. Thanks, Jaye!


We are already in drought mode in my house. Yes, I had The Talk with my kids:

If it’s yellow, leave it mellow

If it’s brown, flush it down

(They forget to flush allll the time anyway, but now they have permission.)

I like to think that I am “green,” earth friendly, but I am not ridiculous about it. For example, I no longer buy paper towels, or paper plates, but I’ll but plastic utensils. (I know – I don’t make sense.) So here are some tips from a not-so-crazy, somewhat “green” person:

Drought Tips

  1. Pick your battles also applies to when and when not to flush the toilet. (I’ll leave it at that.)

  2. I put a large pot in my shower to catch the cold water that pours down while I wait for the water to get warm. That water can be used many different ways:

      • water plants

      • heat it up on the stove and use the warm water to wash dishes

      • add it to the washing machine while it’s filling up (obviously, this only works in a top loading washer)

      • boil it for pasta

      • use it to wash your car

      • ETC

  3. Decide what you feel is crucial to water. Trees – yes. Lawn – sadly, no. Garden – YES! (Drought means grocery prices are going to go up!… again!)

*Just my opinion – no torches and pitchforks may be used against me.

  1. And here is my favorite – hop in the shower with your “significant other.”  

Hey! I am just doing my part to save water!


jayeJaye K. Duff is married with children. Three children, actually. Jaye likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain, but LOVES tip-toeing through the tulips even more. She realizes that a spoonful of sugar *does* help the medicine go down in the most delightful way. Jaye works in a button factory part time and really loves her family. (Only some of these things are true.)

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    Jaye Duff
    February 5, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    You goober, the only part that is true is that I have three kids! Ha ha ha (oh, and that I’m married)

    Sidenote, The Guilt makes me feel like I should explain: I buy plastic utensils and then wash and reuse them.

    Ok, I feel better now.

  • Reply
    February 6, 2014 at 8:55 am

    This will make my daughters slightly sick but….. Jim and I started showering together during the last drought in 1976. Always a good option to save water!! (Sorry, girls!)

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