Author and Greywater Action cofounder Laura Allen writes that knowing where your water originates is a first step in conserving it.
|The Mokelumne River supplies Oakland, California, with water.|
Photo by Kharker at the English language Wikipedia
Where Does Your Water Come From?
I grew up with a neighborhood water supply in Northern California. An artesian spring filled a storage tank that fed a dozen houses on our country road. If a neighbor left the hose on all night, or if a pipe broke, the tank would run dry and we’d have to wait for it to refill. I knew where the water came from, and where it went — into the septic tank and leach line under the front lawn.
When I left home to go to college, it took four years for me to wonder where my new water supply came from. Thinking back, I find it ironic that I graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley but had no idea where my drinking water came from. I’m thankful for that first water bill and the effect it had on me and my household.