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UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers: Challenge 5~ Water- What’s your footprint?

UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers: Challenge 5~ Water- What’s your footprint?

It’s March- We’re thinking about water… 

Last week, the spotlight was on Watersheds… a way to realize that, no matter where one lives, land and water are ecologically linked. Life depends on water.

This Friday, March 14th, is the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams

Part of the mission for International Day of Action of Rivers is to-


“…learn about better water and energy solutions. Above all, it is a day to unite – by acting together, we demonstrate that these issues are not merely local, but global in scope.”

UNLESS…Challenge 5- inspired by the “International Day of Action for Rivers:

20 Things You Can Do for Rivers and Rights“.

UNLESS- Someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing will get better. It's not. From: The Lorax by Dr. Suess.
Please Click Image for UNLESS…Challenge Guidelines
  • Click on this link from the National Geographic Environment page to calculate –
  • Write a post to disclose what your footprint is.
    • If it’s small: give us some tips! How do you achieve this eco and earth-friendly distinction?
    • If it’s just-right: share your thoughts. Are you content to keep it that way, or will you try to reduce it more?  How?
    • If it’s too big: what is your reaction?
  • Are there photos to help illustrate something about your WATER FOOTPRINT? Please include them; I think these will be an interesting and creative element for this week’s challenge.

My Water Footprint-

Water Footprint

My Water Footprint was low in all areas except home and lawn usage. I believe the low scores can be attributed to the fact that my husband and I are both retired (I so dislike that term… and prefer “re-inspired!). We spend WAY less now than we did in our career lives. Especially, no more big clothing and transportation expenses. Food costs are less now that we eat at home more, cut beef and pork from our diet, and grow fruits and vegetables in our garden.

  • The garden is where water usage can be reduced. I have been wondering about installing rain barrels.
  • I can also economize in water usage with our dishwashing and laundry habits. I think it is possible to cut out a load of dishes and two loads of laundry per week by waiting for fuller loads.

By making these adjustments, water usage from our city water will be reduced. Thus, allowing a little bit more water  from our watershed to remain in the City reservoir which is fed by  the Tualatin River and sub-watershed creeks.  A reduction in electric and natural gas consumption will contribute to a small amount of energy conservation, as well.

I admit, I’m skeptical about the “6” in energy consumption and will likely go back and redo that portion of the calculator.


Although we installed drip hoses in each raised bed, the water supply is from the city utility. Rain barrels could help to reduce dependence on city water… just so long as we get rain!

Your Water Footprints: Check these out~

Australia: An Evolving Scientist

Southern California: Lola Jane’s World

10 comments on “UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers: Challenge 5~ Water- What’s your footprint?”

  1. I love your garden, Jane. Those raised garden beds are so kind to the ageing back.
    Much as I would love to do the footprint calculation seriously, I don’t have a US postcode! I guess I would get a different answer if I faked it with the Grand Canyon than I would with up-state Oregon. Perhaps you could give me a San Francisco postcode to approximate Sydney? Somewhere that gets about 50 inches of rain a year with a temperate climate would be fine 😉

  2. Ken, San Francisco gets about 21 inches rain annually. Actually, Portland may be closer to what you are asking for. We are about 44 inches rain annually and a temperate climate zone. 97209 is a zip in downtown Portland. Have fun!
    We are enjoying the raised beds… for backs about the same in youth as yours!!! I think the yield is much better than what we usually got in traditional flat ground gardens; but we also have more time to tend to it. That’s a definite plus.
    You’ve reminded me, I need to go back to the calculator and redo the energy portion…thanks!

  3. Lola Jane, thank you for the garden compliment. I’m looking forward to this year’s version…hope to add rain barrels to cut down on city water usage and reduce our water footprint in the process!

    Your contribution to this week’s challenge is fantastic-
    I enjoyed learning about the tabo and Filipino style bath. How wonderful to celebrate two people who model and practice water-saving habits. I love that you added this to your post. (do these ladies read your blog? I do hope so!)

    Your water footprint looks great- I need to work on that first one: Home use. I’m sure we will begin to have some water restrictions up here in Oregon this summer as the Cascade snow pack is very low.

    Thank you for another informative, and earth/eco-friendly post <3

  4. Ken-
    I like the approach you took for the installation of water tanks. I will share your ideas with my husband; we are interested in installing a rain catchment system. No matter what unit we use to measure it, the important focus is on conserving water. Your system looks interesting and you’ve shown that it’s workable 🙂

    Thank you for putting up with the U.S. customary units and making the conversions. Your experience prompted me to write a note to the National Geographic folks RE: making their site more global friendly- the details are on your site 😉

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