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California Drought News: Rats get fat with water; state completely in drought



A panorama of the Farallon Islands. Scientists collecting data about birds on the island use about 25,000 gallons of water a year, in part by recycling water, and in part by showering less often.
A panorama of the Farallon Islands. Scientists collecting data about birds on the island use about 25,000 gallons of water a year, in part by recycling water, and in part by showering less often.
John Krzesinski

Friday's news finds the whole state in the same boat together. Except there's no water. And we may or may not have a paddle. Don't jump overboard, but let's dive in: 

And now, the critter report:

Situated 27 miles offshore, the research station has to be largely self-sufficient. More than 90 percent of the power comes from solar panels. And the scientists rely on rainwater for household use that is collected in a large cistern with a 100,000 gallon capacity. They use about 25,000 gallons a year, roughly one-quarter of the use of the average family home. Gray water is collected, filtered and used in toilets. (BayNature)

One of the keys for the scientists? "We only shower every four days."

Which reminds me. The Tweet o' the Week isn't about showering, for once, but is about good manners: 

Share your etiquette and conservation tips in the comments below - and have a great weekend.