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  • When I was thinking about telling this story, I kept flashing back to an old bumper sticker from the Seventies. There a couple of other nostalgic thoughts running around, but the bumper sticker won out.

    In an earlier story, I wrote about "Rainharvesting" in a very simple and direct sort of way. This idea is very simple also, and not original. The idea has been around for a while, but I don't hear people referring to it.

    The technique is to put a two gallon, plastic bucket in the shower when you are using it. This bucket will collect water during the human wash cycle and be available to flush your toilet. Yes, I SAID FLUSH YOUR TOILET. Most toilets flush because of the water's gravitational need to flow downhill, not because you exercise the the handle. So, by skipping the flush lever, and dumping this "graywater" into the toilet bowl, your crapper will work wonderfully.

    So, I know it is only saving the planet a mere two gallons, but you do the math. Modest ideas like this can be very beneficial. It is important to maintain awareness of your feet and the bucket, so as not to "risk your neck".
    Ok, two gallons,
    don't hurt yourself,
    and, the bumper sticker was, "Save water, shower with a friend!" In this case, my friend is a $4.00 bucket.
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