Posted by diane armstrong on January 15, 2007, 4:17 pm, in reply to "Making Sense of the Local News"
Message modified by board administrator November 23, 2007, 2:48 pm
There is one small, easy solution to the water problem -- the one people refuse to consider. It is this: cut down on the use of good water to flush toilets (about 10 gallons a flush)and to water gardens. |
FAI--Save the Children--teaches builders in north Mexico how to construct dry toilets. CEA--Akumal's environmental centre--teaches homeowners and hotel builders on the Maya Riviera how to build dry toilets and greywater wetlands. What is happening here? The town is putting in a sewage handling system that should be a source of great pride -- that is, if we lived in the 18th century.
And if homeowners care so much about the water problem, then where are the dry toilets and greywater systems you would expect to see in their homes? True, dry toilets take up a lot of space, which not everyone has, but everyone can recycle greywater.
I once had a datura plant, aka angel trumpet, that grew 30 feet in a season and had trumpets that were more than a foot long. People thought it was some special variety. Nope. Its secret was that it was growing beside my dry toilet. The grapevines and the chayote that were watered with bathwater got big enough to be a menace. And I am a really, really inept gardener but you would never know it once I started recycling. So, in my book, conservation is good stuff.
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