Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Water - never take it for granted!

Brrr. Cold, -27 C today...

It seems like the cold weather is going to stay a while... It's been -27 C a couple of days now. The coldest so far...

Water - never take it for granted

Living on the country side here in Norway means that a lot of houses have their own water well. Ours is a bit up in the forest behind our house, it is a natural water source that's been in use since hubby's grandparents buildt the house we live in. But with all this cold, we can't take this water for granted anymore. A lot of our neighbours are out of water in their wells, so we try our best to save water in everyways! Here's some of the things we do all the time, but have been even more aware to this winter. And I really, really hope our well don't freeze or runs dry...

Don't flush the toilet every time you use it - as the saying goes: "If it's yellow let it mellow; if it's brown flush it down".

Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth - a running tap uses more water than necessary.

Don't use more water than you need to boil the kettle - if you're only making one or two cups of tea/coffee, you simply don't need to fill the kettle.

Only use the washing machine with a full load - even half-load programmes use more than half the water of a full load.

Take shorter showers. Limit time spent in the shower to soap up, wash down, and rinse off.

When washing dishes by hand, don’t rinse them under a running tap. If you have two sinks, fill the second one with rinsing water. If you have only one sink, stack washed dishes in a dish rack and rinse them with a pan of hot water.


  1. Thanks for the tips :) My son has been at home for two days now cause the kindergarden water pipes froze over christmas! It is really cold here too and this is not normal... I am kind of worried how cold it will be when we move since we are going inland!

  2. I grew up with an old well, so in the summertime we had to be really careful, too. Usually in August the well would dry up for a couple of weeks, and it was off to the grandparents house to take showers, lugging water home.

    It sounds like you are doing everything in your power to NOT run out. I'll be thinking of you!

  3. Brrr, ser kaldt ut! Vi har heldigvis ikke så lave temperaturer, men det er kaldt allikevel ;)

  4. Litt i kaldeste laget, ja! Vi har hatt -6 i flere dager nå, og det er kaldt til å være på vestlandet!
    Det er alltid et styr med brønn...så langt har det gått ra her, men hjemme må de være forsiktige både sommer og vinter-når vi er der hele gjengen, blir ungene sendt ned til et tjern for å dusje! Det er da vi håper på skikkelig sørlandssommer...

  5. It hasn't been quite that cold yet here, but it's been close! Thank God we do not have the water issue though! I'm a sucker for long hot showers, especially in this weather!

    Question for you...how did you add the Work In Progress sidebar. Would love one for myself :)

  6. Ikke noe kjekt å bli vannløs i kulden, håper det går bra. De rådene dine er jo greie å ta med seg uansett, vi sløser nok ofte med vannet uten å tenke oss om.

  7. Här i Sverige är det också iskallt, hade -30 nu på morgonen... Trevlig blogg!

  8. That is good advice for all of us. I think we, in parts of the US where we don't have wells, totally take for granted that water may, at some point run out. It's crazy how much we waste. I try to conserve but old habits die hard. Thanks for the wake up call :).

  9. Most of those things we do... but I imagine I'd be extremely cautious if we had a well!

    Wanted to stop and say welcome to Growing Naturally!



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