heat wave here, hottest days of the year we think.
I've been thinking about water conservation as I'm a bit stuck, the city says I must cut water use (as must all here) by 20%. The county says I have to water trees and irrigate out to the property line because I am in high fire risk zone, so not only can I not cut water to "landscaping but I have to water some big trees now. Last year at this time I was gone for a month so its hard to use less than that. I decided a while ago I'd rather water my new trees (1 year old or less) than use water myself so now..how do I use less? I already have HE and water conserving everything. The choices are not wash clothes, not wash dishes or not wash me or not drink and cook with water. As an athlete I think I use more washing than most-dishes I hand wash a number of drink and gel bottles (the water co tells me hand washing wastes water), I wash my workout clothes (making extra clothes being worn and washed in a day) I also wash me. I will swim (usually in the ocean) then shower. I may then ride or do a hills walk in the evening or some vigorous yard work and then I will often shower. I do have allergies and I know its a good idea to wash off the pollen after going out but I have to drop one or both of these showers (first shower is typically 3 minutes and the second 1-2 so shorter won't really work out). How do I do it? I tried just wiping with a damp cloth after riding or walking but I feel stinky and sticky. Is it acceptable anyway? Should I wear workout clothes more than once? I can't really wear business dress (or can I) many times before washing. I could buy more clothes so I'd have fuller less frequent loads. I could buy paper plates so I have less dishes to wash?
So I'm stuck, any suggestions on using less water for washing of the athlete and her gear?
Today and yesterday I swam a few miles each day wishing to stay in the water all day. Yesterday I also walked 3 miles over hills in the heat. I only saw fish and our small leopard sharks both days!
I will now break another city request/requirement and use electricity to run the washer since I need to pack and leave tonight. With no A/C nor big exhaust fans, no tv running and the computers needed for work, its hard to "flex my power" too! I guess if I used more it would be easier to "use less" or am I not creative?
I have a week of business travel where all I'll be able to do is walk, which was a washout last time as it turns out I can't walk far in temps in the "hundred teens"