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Water Your Garden with Bath Water? Here Is What the Pragmatic Prophet Says …

Image: “Man Carrying Two Buckets,” by TriviaKing at English Wikipedia, 22 June 2008, in Wikimedia Commons … https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Man_carrying_two_buckets.JPG … CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported

Written and published on 24 July 2020 by Alice B. Clagett
Location: Los Angeles, California

Dear Ones,

Water prices are so high here in Los Angeles these days the wild surmise goes round that the LA Department of Water and Power has been purchased by the mob to grow marijuana in the sewage treatment facilities, and that we homeowners are footing the tab! What with the COVID lockdown, there are no bar tabs to be footed today. Wilder urban legends have gone the rounds, over the years. Who can say?

Until the truth be laid bare, water in LA is costing up to $600 a month for a person with a backyard lawn and a modest home in the ‘burbs. How are we to afford to water even a container vegetable garden when water prices are so high? Here is what I came up with; it is cost effective, offers a little daily exercise, and feels just right for sustainable living …

I thought if I could find a very good stopper for my bathtub, and tough, flat-bottom buckets such as are used to feed horses in horse stalls, then I could scoop up the water in the tub after a shower and use it to water the vegetable garden.

I needed a water-tight drain stopper for the bathtub, and that was hard to come by. I found that, because of the age of my house, the tub drain I needed was not a standard size sold in the local hardware stores. Online I found 3 sizes of drain stoppers, and none of them fit the bathtub drain.

Finally I found at Amazon … http://www.amazon.com … a multi size bathtub stopper (1-1/8 inch to 1-7/8 inch). The brand was Silyconyc, it came in a two pack, and I found it offered a firm seal at the largest size graduation. If you cannot readily get a snug drain stopper for your bathtub, then the multi size drain stopper may work for you as well.

The next thing was to find durable buckets that would conform to the flat bottom of the tub. That was a little easier, as feed stores and Amazon sell ‘flat back’ plastic feed buckets with strong metal handles. I picked two buckets, each with two-gallon capacity, as very large buckets full of water would be too much for me to carry.

It turned out the buckets I picked were perfect for the job. One side was flat, so that the bucket would lie flat when the handle was attached to the wall of a horse stall. That flat side, laid against the bottom of the tub, allowed me to scoop up almost all the water in the tub.

I placed the partly full buckets on an old towel next to the tub just before taking the water outside, so that water would not drip through the house. This has proven a no muss, no fuss way to water my container garden using shower water.

In addition, I keep a regular bucket in my kitchen sink for dishwashing and daily use that water to keep up those outdoor plants that are not able to survive with the amount of landscape water allowed Los Angeles homeowners by the LA Department of Water and Power.

Hope these tips help green the gardens of LA!

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Link: Silyconyc Multi Size Bathtub Stopper (2 pack) … at Amazon.com … https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087ZQXVVX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 ..

Link: Little Giant Plastic Animal Feed Bucket (2 gallon) … at Amazon.com … https://www.amazon.com/LITTLE-GIANT-Flat-Back-Dura-Flex-Plastic/dp/B000HHLHPS/ref=sr_1_23?dchild=1&keywords=little+giant+feed+bucket&qid=1595617642&sr=8-23 ..

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–Alice Clagett

–reposted from Link: “Water Your Garden with Bath Water? Here Is What the Pragmatic Prophet Says …,” written and published on 24 July 2020 by Alice B. Clagett … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-jg3 ..

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Western States Pact . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Written and published on 2 June 2020

  • FORMATION OF THE WESTERN STATES PACT
  • POSSIBLE DECENTRALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES INTO LOOSELY FEDERALLY RULED ECONOMIC REGIONS IN YEARS TO COME
    • Decentralization Stressors
      • COVID-19, AIDS, and Less Federal Revenues
      • The Price of Water and the Potential Need to Grow Crops
  • COVID-19 LOCKDOWNS VERSUS THE COMMON GOOD

Dear Ones,

FORMATION OF THE WESTERN STATES PACT

As you may know, a Western States Pact has been formed in response to the COVID-19 issue. To date, the states involved are Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, and Nevada …

Link: “Colorado & Nevada Join California, Oregon & Washington in Western States Pact,” 27 April 2020 … https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/04/27/colorado-nevada-join-california-oregon-washington-in-western-states-pact/ ..

This is a power block or united front asking for financial help from the federal government in response to the impact of COVID-19 on their states’ economies.

POSSIBLE DECENTRALIZATION OF THE UNITED STATES INTO LOOSELY FEDERALLY RULED ECONOMIC REGIONS…

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Coronavirus: Urgent Plea to U.S. Mayors and Governors to Establish Stores of Staples in Case of Shortage . by Alice B. Clagett

Awakening with Planet Earth

Written and published on 7 March 2020

Dear Ones,

I was in my local Walmart a few days ago and noticed they were short of staples such as rice and dry noodles, and out of bags of beans. I feel each family must buy what staples we can, as soon as we are able, given what is available in the stores. I feel we might wish to store up enough for 3-4 months for our family, in case stores run short of supplies.

Bottled water is also important to have on hand; second best would be water filters such as Brita or the like. I also suggest water disinfectant in whatever form can be purchased, in the unlikely case urban water supplies should be compromised.

I ask that United States mayors and governors purchase for their towns and states a supply of staples … grains such as wheat, corn, millet…

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Subsistence Living: Water, Housing, and Sanitation . by Alice B. Clagett *

Awakening with Planet Earth

Published on 25 January 2015; revised

  • SUBSISTENCE LIVING
  • WATER LIFTS
  • SOLAR STILLS
  • HOUSING
  • SANITATION
  • DO-IT-YOURSELF BUILDING AND PROJECT PLANS
  • PRIMITIVE TECHNOLOGY

Dear Ones,

Here is information on subsistence living that I found intriguing. For myself, I’ve printed what looked important out.

SUBSISTENCE LIVING

Link: “Subsistence Economy,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subsistence_economy ..

Link: “Grit: Rural American Know-How” … http://www.grit.com/ ..

Link: “Mother Earth News” … https://www.motherearthnews.com ..

Link: “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” … http://www.almanac.com/ ..

WATER LIFTS

Link: “Archimedes Screw,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedes%27_screw ..

Link: “Egypt’s Nile Valley Basin Irrigation,” by Sandra Postel … http://www.waterhistory.org/histories/nile/t1.html ..

Link: “Noria,” a water lift, in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noria ..

Video: “Wooden Water Wheel in Europe,” [Noria], by epSOS.de, 24 April 2015 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VxMgfRcgp8 … Notice the shape of the buckets, which may be important to the function. 

Link: “Sakia Water Pump,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakia ..

Link: “Shadoof,” a counterpoise lift, in Wikipedia …

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Pioneer Skills: Planning for Tough Times Ahead . by Alice B. Clagett *

Awakening with Planet Earth

Published on 19 September 2017 at 7:30 pm PDT; revised

  • ALICE’S SHORT, COST-EFFECTIVE LIST OF EMERGENCY SUPPLIES
    • Fats
    • Complex Carbohydrates
    • Protein
    • Greens
    • Water
    • How to Purify Water Before Drinking It Or Using It for Cooking
    • Beverages
    • Desserts
    • Spices
    • Fire Starting
    • Body Heat
    • Cooking Heat
    • Sanitation
  • MORE THINGS TO CONSIDER
    • Planning Together as a Family for a Natural Disaster
    • Neighborhood Watch for Crime Prevention
    • First Aid
      • Western Medicine First Aid Book
      • Alternative Medicine Books
      • Pregnancy and Childbirth
        • Herb for Abortion and to Induce Labor
        • Childbirth: Optimum Fetal Positioning
        • Delayed Umbilical Cord Cutting
      • First Aid Kit
      • Wild Herb to Staunch Wound Bleeding
    • Tools
    • Weapons
    • Twine, Rope, Duct Tape, Trash Bags, and Tarps
    • Spare Lumber, Nails, and Screws
    • Getting Viable Seed for a Vegetable Garden
    • Canning Supplies and Solar Food Dehydrators
    • Cheesecloth, Muslin Cloth, Clothes Fabric, and Coat Fabric
    • Treadle Sewing Machine
    • Cloth Loom and Spinning Wheel
  • FISHING
    • Fishing Rod, Fish Catching Net, and…

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The Los Angeles Economy . by Alice B. Clagettl

Awakening with Planet Earth

Filmed on 13 October 2017

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • On Reducing Landfill by Reusing Road Repaving ‘Scrabble’
    • On Reusing Substandard Thrift Store Fabric as Clothing and Blankets for the Los Angeles Homeless, Rather than Sending It to Other Countries
    • The Hidden Cost of Not Providing Immunizations and Infectious Disease Care for Illegal Aliens in Los Angeles
    • The Importance of Counselling Centers for the Los Angeles Homeless, to Assist Them in Returning to a Productive Life
    • The Hidden Cost of Hiring Illegal Aliens in the Outlying Areas of Los Angeles, Such as the Farming Community
    • The Upward Spiral of Goods and Utilities, and the Downward Spiral of Living Conditions for Those Paying into Our Tax Base
    • On Resigning Ourselves to the Future Prospect of Sustainable Living, Similar to That in Our Grandparents’ Time
    • On the Prospect of a Shift in Attitude, by Those Who Have Achieved Citizenship, Toward…

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