Water is the most important of all of our resources. Peanut butter is a close second.
This water post came about because I have a torn bed sheet that I don’t know what to do with. I can’t donate it with a tear or use it for rags because it’s sateen. So it looks like the trash for the sheet. But where I used to just chuck it without a second thought. I now hesitate and feel slightly desperate with my situation. Why?
Leachate. The thing I learned about in worm composting class of all places. Besides leachate I also learned that western Washington is filling up landfills at such a rate that we won’t be able to contain any more trash in about 5 years and it’ll have to be hauled 6+ hours away. I can’t fathom the effect on trash prices! Let’s get back to leachate. What is it and why does it scare the beejeezus out of me?
Leachate: a solution resulting from leaching, as of soluble constituents from soil, landfill, etc., by downward percolating ground water.
Leachates in the town’s water supply have been traced to achemical-waste dump.
What this means is that whatever goes in the trash, down the drain or on the lawn ends up in the water. That Roundup on the lawn, the Xanax that’s flushed, and the Drano for that hair clog? In our coffee, tea and water. The cell phone from 2 years ago? Leaching mercury and other junk in the air and water. Water never truly disappears and it never gets 100% pure again either. I may sound like a green freak, but waste water ends up in your body as part of the cycle. There is no system set up to handle the filtration of pharmaceuticals and other junk that we have yet to discover in the water supply. That kind of science doesn’t come cheap!
What to do?