Two years ago, on April 1, 2014, I came up an idea that wasn’t a Fool’s Day prank. We’d already been working on our film for several months, but what better way to share our water-saving ideas than by writing a weekly blog? Thus were the Drought Diaries born.
So, in celebration of our “birthday,” we’re going to share some fun birthday tips with you this week. No fear, though, we won’t get too off-topic. These birthday facts are all water-related.
· At two years old, the drought diaries are toddling around. The titular drought is a bit older, however. While it was officially declared in January 2014, it is widely considered to have begun in 2013. That followed a wet year and another drought from 2007-2009, meaning that in the past decade, 6 years have been drought years.
· What’s even older than the drought? The LA Aqueduct. It celebrated its centennial in 2013, meaning that as of November of this year, it will be a cranky old 103-year-old.
· Celebrate your birthday with cake and ice cream? Maybe trade it out for pie and yogurt. A single glass of milk needs 53 gallons of water, so fruitier sweets are the greener choice.
· We love birthday gifts, and if you give us a gift, you’ll get something, too. All monetary donations to The Longest Straw are tax-deductible, so you benefit from a write-off and we get to use your funds to cover our post costs and get our movie out that much more quickly. It’s a win-win.
Well, that’s it for this week. We’ll duck out early for a celebratory glass of tap water, but we’ll see you next week a little older, a little wiser, and full of even more water saving tips, tricks, and techniques.