The YES! No Impact Diary: Day 6

Water is life—and the challenge of using less of it really hit home. Check in with our participants on how they confronted their water footprints.
Friday Water

Soak up the personal benefits of using less water.

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Molly Eagen

Molly Eagen

Minneapolis, Minnesota

No Impact Man inspired Molly Eagen's graduate thesis on life without oil. Follow her tips this week as she takes on the No Impact Experiment.

Kathy Kottaras
Kathy Kottaras

Los Angeles, California

Mother, teacher, and eco-pilgrim Kathy Kottaras' lyrical take on the inner adventure of going No Impact.

Ryan Eisenberg
Ryan Eisenman

Houston, Texas

With the support of his family, Texas teenager Ryan Eisenman is figuring out how to go No Impact in high school.

Bunmi Ishola
Olubunmi Ishola

Dallas, Texas

Olubunmi Ishola is a No Impact skeptic, but she's willing to see if the experiment can prove her wrong.

Kelsea MacIlroy and Muck Kilpatrick
Kelsea MacIlroy and Muck Kilpatrick

Alamosa, Colorado

Follow Colorado couple Kelsea MacIlroy and Muck Kilpatrick as they promote low-impact living in their rural community.

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More Day 6 experiences from our readers!

As a gardener, my water use has gone up in the summer. I have NEVER watered a lawn in my life, but newly planted trees and shrubs must be watered daily. I now plant in the autumn, as late as possible. Plants cost less then, and they only need to be watered until the ground freezes. Here in Maine, we have a "mud season" when melting snow saturates the ground. Once the ground is dry, I mulch like crazy, with last autumn's leaves, and can water weekly until the plant is established. I use only native plants so once the plants are growing well, no more water is needed. I also set out seedlings when a couple of days rain is forecasted. I mulch the vegetables and only have to water during hot, dry spells.

On another tangent: today at the expeditionary school where I work, a group of boys who spent a week repairing bikes to donate to needy kids gave me a beautiful, green bike so I can ride to work over the trails behind school (over a bridge they built last spring). No more burning gas to get to work. - Anonymous

I collect running water in a pail in the sink before it is hot enough for my needs, and use it for watering plants, washing floors, even flushing toilets. also use used dishwater for plants--many nutrients are in it. After baths are finished, that water can be used for dog baths, washing bathroom floor, or flushing toilets. -Jo Ellen Gilchrist


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