Some of us get a little carried away when it comes to the things we’re passionate about. Not sure if you’re going overboard? Here’s how you can tell.
You might be obsessed with water management if:
- You wish commercial buildings had “How’s my irrigation system?” hotlines because you would call to report deficiencies
- On a romantic evening stroll, you stop to adjust errant pop-up heads in strangers’ yards
- You knock on the bathroom door to remind your guest not to flush unless necessary
- You bathe your dog with your children
- You use water from soaking veggies to fill your kiddie pool
- Because of your top-notch water harvesting system, all of your friends and family will end up at your house in case of drought
- One of your children’s weekly chores is to inspect the irrigation system
- You only wash your hair when it rains (not applicable in desert climates…hopefully)
- You’re a big supporter of wastewater recycling and the term “toilet to tap” doesn’t even gross you out
- You encourage your teenagers to dye their hair wild colors so they’ll take shorter showers (Hey, it’s just good parenting!)
- You drain pasta water into your pet’s water bowl
- You siphon the runoff from your wasteful neighbor’s lawn to use for your own irrigation solutions
- When a new neighbor moves in, you bring them a rain sensor instead of a pie
- You see neighbor kids running through sprinklers and you toss them a bar of soap
- You’ve taken the facility tour at your local water utility more than once and have exchanged contact info with the tour guide*
- You took Kelly Duke’s blog post “It’s Like A Metaphor” as a challenge and are already working on the design and engineering logistics of the urban watershed program he outlined
- People roll their eyes when you quote passages from The Green Blue Book or The Big Thirst…again
- You follow any of the ValleyCrest Takes On bloggers on Twitter (Shameless plug! @h2oTrends@h2oMatters@MarGoH2O)
- You know who Patricia Mulroy is and maybe even have a picture of her on your desk
If any of these hit home with you, congratulations on your extremeness! Friends and family may think you’re sorta weird but you know they’ll be thankful someday.
If you’re not quite there yet, here’s a list of 100 ways to conserve that will get you started on the right path to water management enlightenment.
Do you have any other examples of extreme water management? I can’t wait to hear them, so leave a comment or tweet them to me @MarGoH2O
*I have. More on that later!