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Wasting Water

Via Kathimerini

According to two separate surveys, Greece has the second highest “water footprint” in the world. At 2,389 cubic metres of water per person per year, the country is only slightly behind America with 2,483 cubic metres. In addition to that experts say that up to 50% of the water used in agriculure is wasted.

Cotton production in Thessaly, for example, consumes 21.2 to 35.6 percent more water than necessary, while for the cultivation of corn, the waste is between 38.6-48 percent. Thessaly’s potatoes get between 57.1-66.7 percent more water than they need. Too few farmers use the more efficient drip method

There are other problems associated with water wastage. Poor infrastructure means that 30-40% of drinking water is lost.

some 200,000 illegal boreholes, which deplete underground water supplies, allowing sea water to enter the water table; and the extensive use of fertilizers has polluted the water table.

As all of us who live here know, citizens are also to blame for this huge wastage of this scarce (and getting scarcer resource). Who hasn’t seen people “watering” their shutters instead of cleaning them with a bucket of water and cloths/sponges? Who hasn’t seen people hosing down their balconies (for what seems like hours on end) and then watering the pavements and streets outside their door ? The other day, we were woken by the sound of running water again ! The woman on the balcony at the back of her house was “watering” her rugs over the edge of the balcony. She had no bucket, brush or any other implement to assist in this job. Just a running hose which she had at full strength. Love of my life, who can be very diplomatic in most situations, almost blew a fuse. Quite rightly, I might add.

The problem is that most people do not look at the whole picture. They do not see that their actions are part of a problem that affects us all. One of the most common reactions that we hear when we have mentioned to people that they are wasting OUR water is “but how else can I clean my balcony/rugs/car/the pavement outside my house ? Well, there is that brilliant invention called a bucket. Another one is the mop. We also have brooms and dustpans, sponges and cloths. And my all-time favorite: “don’t water the pavement and the road”

From EcoFuss

Washing a sidewalk or driveway with a hose uses about 50 gallons of water every 5 minutes

Clean the car using a pail of soapy water. Use the hose only for rinsing – this simple practice can save as much as 150 gallons when washing a car. Use a spray nozzle when rinsing for more efficient use of water. Better yet, use a waterless car washing system; there are several brands, such as EcoTouch, which are now on the market.

Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks

25 water saving tips for your home and garden at EcoFuss

Please also see How to keep cool without running air conditioning

One tried-and-true method is to wet your wrists and other pulse points with cold water, and then keep those spots cool by holding an ice cube wrapped in a face cloth against them. The relief is immediate, and this method will cool down the entire body—by as much as three degrees Fahrenheit—for upwards of an hour.

Yes, it works.

Be cool and stay cool.

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  1. July 18, 2008    

    Funny enough, water wastage in Greece is not associated with personal hygiene! Although things have gotten significantly better over the last decades, many Greeks still resist the idea of a daily shower. 2 or 3 showers per week seem sufficient personal care to a lot of our fellow countrymen. This definitely saves water but is highly offensive to our olfactory system, especially in summer time.

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  2. July 18, 2008    

    Not sure about that one, Alex. Most Greeks I know have at least one shower a day if they can !