Blog Action Day – Water

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blog action day 2010 waterIt’s tempting to write a thesis for blog action day.

We all want to say our bit, inspire our readers, be ‘that blog’ that everyone is talking about.

But today I want to share one simple, straightforward tip about saving water.

We all know why we should treat water as a precious resource.

Most of know it’s crazy to use perfectly potable water to flush the toilet.

Many of us have images in our minds of women walking 5 miles to gather water for their children and have seen children ravaged by dehydration.

Lots of us are guilty of turning on the tap and forgetting that water is such an amazing and valuable resource – it’s the essence of life itself.

As well as the water butts in the garden, turning off the tap when brushing teeth, taking showers instead of bath I’m most proud of the following simple tip, but to be honest I started it for selfish reasons, not for anything ‘green’.

When I cook vegetables, I use a small amount of water, just enough to come half way up the sides so that the vegetables retain a little bite.

After I’ve cooked them, I strain off the water, but not into the sink like I used to.

I KEEP the water and use it when I next boil rice.

My selfish reason was that I didn’t want all those wonderful nutrients going into the sewers, I wanted to retain them for myself. But then I  realised I was being oh so green and eco friendly at the same time.

I’m saving water and my health is benefiting.

It’s a no brainer, right?

What tiny step can you take today to give water the honour it deserves?

This post is in celebration of Reduce Footprint’s Change the World Wednesday.|Start Petition


  1. Michaella A'solo on October 15, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Hello, this is a great post. I too am trying to get mine on the website but it does not work even when I have put the link in my artcile , is that all you need to do. Please help ! 🙂

  2. Glass Bottles on October 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I have never reboiled water, but I think it is a great idea. No brainer is right!

  3. Bexy on October 19, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I’ve always cooked my cauli right way up and whole, with only enough to cover half way up and a lid on. That way the solid heart of the cauli gets boiled, but the florets are steamed. I like that idea about the veg water into rice, I think I will use it with the dry pasta.

  4. Small Footprints on October 19, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    What a great tip! I love that it saves water but … I really love that the lost nutrients are used, and absorbed, in rice! It’s brilliant! Thanks for reminding us that saving water doesn’t have to be a HUGE effort … just small little actions!

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