Last week, we had no power, which means, for me, no water. I considered every drop of water I used. How much do I need to brush my teeth? Wash my face? How many more toilet flushes do I have before I must trek to the creek for refills?

Now that my power is back, I can easily meet my needs. But I wonder if I should pay more attention to my water consumption. According to, each of us in the United States use 69.3 gallons of water every day. Every day! England, for example, uses only 14% of what we do (

Don’t get me started on the use of bottled water (107 liters per person per year in the US) …..