Conserving, preserving water

Normally when I write about water I talk about how we need to make sure we stay hydrated as part of being healthy.

Today’s post is about our responsibility as residents and citizens to protect this precious resource.

I grew up in the desert. So I’ve been mindful my whole life about water waste.

And I just left a state that is in now a drought (California).

Whether we live in the desert, a drought-dried state or in Oregon or Washington state we should be mindful of our water usage.

A friend on Facebook posted the other day that EBMUD (East Bay Municipal Utility District) “says you need to use no more than 35 gallons of water per day per person in your house.”

Curt and I got our water/trash/sewer bill the other day and it made me start thinking about our water usage.

According to the EBMUD website, a Stage 4 critical drought has been declared and a community-wide goal has been set to reduce water use 20% compared to 2013.

The EBMUD website lists mandatory restrictions and other information on how to reduce water usage. And as my friend stated, it also asks that customers strive for 35 … Continue reading

Hot, steamy shower

A hot, steamy shower was not what I had after spin class today. Not that I normally do, it is usually lukewarm and I try not to touch anything while I am in the shower stall and I have to wear flip flops. Not the greatest shower experience, but it is still a shower.

Spin was a good and hard and sweaty workout, as usual. Once class was over I headed to the locker room for a quick shower before heading back to work. I get there and there are signs posted stating that the toilets and the showers are out of order!

There are two noon classes at the gym. And both are intense with sweaty people as a result. I did the sink shower the best I could. No one ever mentioned that I was stinky today after I returned to work. So I think I pulled it off.