On April 1, 2014, the first post of Drought Diaries went up.  In spite of its launch date, this was no April Fool’s Day prank: for the past year, we’ve been posting every Tuesday about virtual water, water-saving strategies, and current news about the drought.

52 posts can be a lot to go through, and we know our readers might be intimidated by all the info, so our birthday present to you is this post: a primer.  We break down the key posts from the past year, re-introduce some terms that come up frequently in the drought diaries, and we’ll offer a “too long; didn’t read” recap of each post for the really time-crunched water crusader.

Virtual Water and You

This was our inaugural post, in which we introduce readers to the concept of virtual water, explain how it’s calculated, and provide links to some virtual water breakdowns and even a recipe.

TL;DR – All products need water to be made.  This is called “virtual water” and what you eat and wear consumes more than you think.

50 Shades of Greywater

You’ve probably heard us reference greywater a lot in our tips for how to reduce your water footprint in your meals.  This post explains the concept and also offers several greywater strategies – but the list is not inclusive.

TL;DR – Watering your garden with drinking water is wasteful.  Letting your bath and washing water go down the drain is wasteful.  Kill two birds with one stone by re-using undrinkable “grey water” on your lawn and garden.

What Water Are you Wearing

We focus on food a lot on this blog, in part because we consume food every single day and there’s so much variety to get through in each post.  We shouldn’t let that focus lead us to lose sight of our other virtual water products, though, including technology, toys, home goods, and the focus of this post: clothes.

TL;DR – Your clothes have a virtual water impact, too.  Don’t buy too much, and get the most use you can out of what you have.

Here’s My H20 History

You’ve probably seen our recurring H20 History feature before.  Everyone has a connection and a history with our water, and some of The Longest Straw’s producers share their own experiences, thoughts, and feelings.

TL;DR – We want to know how you feel about water.  Fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.