16 April 2012

Your guide to saving water

Marguerite Venter, Green Times
Photo courtesy jcarlosn

This article was originally published by The Green Times, South Africa’s weekly green e-newspaper. Subscribe to its free monthly digital newsletter for green news, events and business directories.

Water

Why do you show me a reflection of myself when I look at you?

You possess some of my best qualities and more.  You bring
joy, give life, cleanse, nurture, heal, earn respect and are powerful.

I see you in all that is alive.  Mysterious, multi-dimensional
substance that connects all Life.  Deserves respect and
needs Love.

Is the way I treat you then a reflection of myself?

World Water Day on 22 March made me think about how people chain themselves to trees to save rainforests, have whale wars and fights to save endangered species, starve themselves, walk great distances or climb mountains to bring across a message of conservation … But what is being done to save water? Water is a mysterious substance that not only sustains all life, but is also present in all life.  Ask yourself: How do I treat water? Like it is the essence of all life? 

Dinosaurs drank the same water

We are drinking the same water the dinosaurs drank. What a magical thought!  However, I am sure that we are not drinking the same quality of water.  I am fascinated by water and its ability to sustain all life, but I am even more intrigued by all the new scientific research and discoveries about water.  Fact is there is a lot going on with water that we know nothing about.

I have always had this feeling that water is somehow alive and can therefore also be dead. I just never knew how to put this into words until I read an interview with German physicist Dr Wolfgang Ludwig in which he stated that water that has been exposed to pollutants is energetically dead as it does not contain any useful frequencies anymore. 

The frequency of water changes similarly to that within the human body. Dr Ludwig also stated that, “Environmental medicine would do very well incorporating into its scientific research these physical abilities within the water and the activity of water in the human body. Physicians ought to strive to set up a research program which would seek to find the intimate connection between water and living organisms. Discussion of the so-called limits (the government approved standard content of substances) would then reach a totally new dimension: namely the definition of living water.” 

Water has memory

Photo courtesy sharmili r

Let’s go on an imaginary journey for a moment to a world where water is alive, has memory, and can share information with other water bodies over a distance.  In a world like this water would have endless possibilities.  Since our bodies are about 70% water we’d be able to use pure positive emotions such as love, gratitude and fearless respect to raise the frequency of the water in our own bodies. Other water bodies would then be able to resonate with this frequency and be influenced in a positive manner.  What this would mean is that we would be able to project our pure positivity onto a glass of water and then give it to someone or something in dis-ease to consume. This would then enable the water in their bodies to recognize this frequency and allow them to also resonate at such a positive level.  If water then also shared information over a distance we would not even need to give them water to drink, but the mere positive presence of our water body would be able to influence their water body.  I suppose it would be similar to you feeling a bit down and when you walk into a room full of positive happy people you will soon begin to feel happy as well.  In a world like this we would be able to come together in large numbers and together influence large water bodies of the Earth. In this world the water in all life, be that human, animal or plant would be reflections of each other.       

But we do not live in such a world, a world like that would be too simple and easy to fix. Our world is much more complicated and based on the principle of what you see is what you can believe; the rest is called pseudoscience or a miracle.  So while we live in such a world let us remember one of the Cree Indian sayings: “Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten”. 

Where does this leave us today?  It leaves us at a point in time where each and every one of us has to consciously start treating water with respect.  We cannot leave this problem to the conservationists.  I know it’s easy to say that rhino poaching is not your problem because you do not have a rhinoceros in your backyard; well water is quite a different story then isn’t it? 

What you can do


Inform yourself as information is key. There are lots of ways to save water and loads of websites with ideas. Here are five very basic things that you can do:

1. Conserve water

Be conscious about how you use water. How much perfectly good water goes down your drain through simple everyday tasks like rinsing food or dishes, through brushing teeth or having a bath instead of a shower? Start thinking about water differently and see it for what it is a very precious substance. 

Click for practical ways to conserve water from FLOW - For Love of Water and Water: Use it wisely.

2. Keep water clean

A walk on most beaches will give you an indication of how much visible pollution is in our oceans.  The same goes for rivers and wetlands. You cannot say that you are not contributing to that pollution as you cannot guarantee that the plastic bag you threw in the bin yesterday wasn’t blown into the ocean today.

When you start to recycle you will be amazed at how little is left in the bin. Be conscious about what you put in any drain, a lot of drains lead directly into the ocean so don’t use them as bins or ashtrays.  Read the labels of all the cleaning products in your house, including all your personal, household and garden products, and find out what the ingredients actually are.  I will guarantee you that unless you are using eco-friendly products each and every product in your house will have ingredients in them that is harmful not only to water, but also to you.  We must remember that our skin is our biggest organ and it absorbs all of these chemicals.  Over years of accumulation it will have negative effects on your health as it is having a negative effect on water. 

These days, eco-friendly products are affordable and easily accessible as many chain stores have them. You can also order some online and have them delivered to your home or workplace.

Click to find out how to recycle and find a depot in your area from Treevolution and the Western Cape government.

Click for info on chemicals in cleaning products and where to buy eco-friendly ones from Faithful to Nature and Enchantrix.

3. Have a meat-free meal once a week

We have to keep in mind that the meat we eat not only uses drinking water for these animals, but also water to grow food for them.  If you compare the amount of meat you get to the amount of food grown to feed those animals the meat is very little. There are lots of delicious meat free recipes as well as meat alternatives available.  A meat free meal is also less expensive so you will not only save water but also money.

Click for meat-free Monday info and recipes from Fry’s Vegetarian and Food24.

4. Care about water

Do you know how many people in the world have access to clean water? I challenge you to take five minutes to answer eighty questions on this BBC news quiz; you will gain valuable insight. 

We have to learn and find ways to pay respect to and be grateful for water, since this was not part of most of our thinking processes as we grew up.  Water have been taken for granted and that is the main reason why it now needs saving.  The best way to work this into your thinking process is to bless water in the same manner you bless your food, because without water you would not have any meal on your table or loved ones to share the meal with.  Or just have a happy and grateful feeling when using water.  The question is often asked:  “How do you get people to care?”  Unfortunately you cannot make people care.  You can inform them, but caring is a personal choice people make based on information and personal reasons.  It is about conscious living and about making conscious purposeful decisions.  And when we make important decisions like whether or not to care about nature let’s remember the ancient Indian Proverb: “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”

5. Teach your children to care

First thing to remember when teaching any child is to live by example.  Our children are wonderful reflections of us, sometimes to our delight and sometimes to our horror.  Teach them to care about water by showing them the wonders of water.  Let them play in water while having a shower or swim, also let them explore the different forms of water, give them some ice cubes to play with, show them how it melts and tell them why.  Teach them about the water cycle. Give them a pair of binoculars and a magnifying glass and let them explore the beach, by the river and pond.  Bring them to the Two Oceans aquarium where they get to experience the wonderful world of water through many wonderful exhibits, a touch pool, microscope area, puppet shows, arts and crafts activities, young biologist courses, sleepovers and more.  Let the way we treat all life be a reflection of who we are.

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