We filled the pool back up and Mr. Red-eared Slider flipped himself back over. He probably could have done so without the water. Turtles have long, strong necks and are quite flexible.
What will we do when the water runs out? There are over 6 million people in south Florida. Most of our drinking water comes from an shallow aquifer that is recharged by rainwater. If we continue to consume more water than is replaced in the aquifer we face certain ecological disaster. Some have suggested we need to sacrifice so that the environment might benefit. I disagree. I think we simply need to live responsibly. Here's a few ways (from the South Florida Water Management District) and they work pretty much anywhere you may live.
- plant native vegetation that does require excessive watering. Fabulous, lush green lawns are still the costly, wasteful norm and people get so upset when it browns
- wash your car less often. If you use a car wash - make sure they recycle water
- make sure your home is free from leaky pipes and dripping faucets - one drop per second wastes 2700 gallons of water a year. Plus the dripping is torturous
- since I replaced the flapper on the toilet the water bill has been halved each month
- get out of the shower sooner and use a low-flow showerhead. 4 out 5 people are clean within the first 4 minutes.
- collect water during your shower to water your plants. Don't pee in the bucket.
- turn the water off while you brush your teeth. or don't brush your teeth. I'd rather someone was toothless than have them waste water.
- Don't flush just because you tossed a bug in the toilet. Come on! ("But it was a spider") They will crawl back up.
- use a rain barrel to collect water for other uses. My family did this when I was younger except it was to collect water that was coming through a hole in the roof.
- ask restaurants to only serve water on request or simply don't go to restaurants that put water out for every guest.
- Encourage responsible growth in your community that minimizes paved surfaces that prevent water from percolating into the aquifer.
The water will run out at the rate we are going. There are far too many people here and most have bad habits. It's not a sacrifice to do any of the above. It's simply responsible. We have to plan for today and tomorrow or we end up turned over on our shell and sitting in the sun.
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