I grew up on a farm outside of Indian Head where we hauled drinking water from Indian Head and only used the tap water for cooking, showering, brushing teeth, etc. We had a dishwasher that eventually became a “snack holder” as our well water did not clean the dishes at all. I was taught at a young age to conserve the most amount of water as possible. Running an empty dishwasher as pictured below or letting the water run while brushing my teeth a huge no no!
Clean water is essential to live. I had no idea that the City of Regina had done an upgrade before reading the article in advance of the field trip. It was 181 million dollar upgrade that came in under budget. The 57.1 percent of the residents who voted felt that the upgrade through the public-private partnership will save money in the long run and Mayor Fougere agreed.
Fougere also said, “We are building for the 21st century, this is the job of city council, to provide a safe environment and the infrastructure for a growing community.”
Fougere’s comment relates to Kimmerer’s quote from his Witness To The Rain chapter in which he says, “If there is meaning in the past and in the imagined future, it is captured in the moment. When you have all the time in the world, you can spend it, not on going somewhere, but being where you are. So I stretch out, close my eyes, and listen to the rain” (Kimmerer, 2013, p. 296). We need to think in a broader perspective of what will not only help us now but what will help us in the years to come. Clean water is important and after reading the article and having the tour, I realized how much more the improvements will sustain our city and residents. However, we can also help in the process of creating less water waste by doing such things as not running our dishwashers or washing machines empty, shutting the water off when brushing our teeth and many more.
Kimmerer, R. W. (2013). Braiding sweetgrass: Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions.