Submitted Melony Vance

Review: ‘Taking on Water’

Wendy J. Pabich is an environmental scientist, speaker, educator, adventurer and artist obsessed with all things water.

As a self-proclaimed “water-deva” and the founder and president of Water Futures, Inc., Pabich works to find innovative solutions to one of the planet’s most pressing problems – the quest for sustainable water.

Upon receiving a monthly water bill for 30,000 gallons for her household of two humans and one dog, Pabich was shocked. With all of her knowledge, how could she be such a water-guzzling girl?

This prompted her to embark on a year-long quest to better understand her personal water use and to bring it in check.

The result was “Taking On Water: How One Water Expert Challenged Her Inner Hypocrite, Reduced Her Water Footprint (without Sacrificing a Toasty Shower), and Found Nirvana.”

Part memoir, part scientific investigation into ways people use water they aren’t even aware of, and part instruction manual on how we can conserve water, “Taking on Water” provides a template for how we might alter our daily habits, allowing us to be the best stewards possible of our limited water resources.

Why the concern? Despite the fact that nearly three-quarters of our planet is covered by water, only one percent is available for human use. Shortages of this vital resource are becoming more pronounced in many areas, and industrial and wastewater contamination of some of that precious one-percent give further urgency to our need to become more mindful water stewards.

If shortages start pushing the value of water up (currently, the mind-set is that water is “free”), we had better be prepared — individually and at a policy level — to adjust accordingly.

The average American’s water footprint is 750,000 gallons per year — slightly more than the 660,000 gallons needed to fill an Olympic swimming pool.

The book’s principle tenet is that we cannot wait for the government or companies to make conservation decisions for us.

This means knowing our impact on the planet and doing something about it. “Taking on Water” offers a roadmap to finding a way to a more sustainable life.

Wendy J. Pabich will be speaking at the Madelyn Helling Library, Gene Albaugh Community Room, in Nevada City on Monday, March 25th at 7:p.m.. Taking On Water will be available for purchase at the event.


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