Rita Walker (Blog Twenty-five): By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
As technology increases so does the opportunity to purchase more water efficient devices. It’s important to remember that water likes to flow. So to avoid clogged pipes you might want to occasionally let it flow down the sink drain a bit longer.
In the morning before her class, Rita watches the news. An 8.5 magnitude earthquake had sent a tsunami into the Haida Gwaii west shoreline. She knows the last earthquake to shake Haida Gwaii was in 2012 when a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck central Moresby Island. That earthquake didn’t do any damage but this latest one destroyed boats and houses as far back as a hundred meters. The news tells her that the Queen Charlotte Fault Line is 350 km long and goes from the British Columbian shoreline to the Alaskan shoreline where it’s called the Fairweather Fault System. Sensors along the Cascadia Trench suggest at least one more earthquake is expected in the near future, one several times stronger.
Rita closes her eyes and breathes in deeply. The earthquake is a reminder that Kaneki is seeking Rae. He will be on the surface soon if she can’t get all the students together and she’s still missing Oya’s child of air.
She has red rimmed eyes as she steps up to the lectern at the front of her class. The devastation to her original home has made her desperate.
“Last week I said we would discuss water usage in the homes. There are a variety of newer toilets you can use, some have different buttons depending how much water you need to flush. There are a variety of water heaters, some that run on solar energy. There’s even a water reservoir tank you can get that holds used shower and bath water that you can use with your garden hose.” As Rita talks she clicks different images on the screen that show a variety of toilets, water heaters, and bath water reservoir tanks.
“Ultimately rental units are the responsibility of the owners but if you live in an apartment you can point out the cost savings to the owners. All they have to do is install new toilets, showerheads, and aerated faucets.”
“What about using less shampoo and soap?” she hears Ember shout out.
Rita gives her a stern look for not putting up her hand. “That’s a good point,” she says curtly. “Less soap in the water system means less time in the shower to wash it off. Next week we’re going on a trip to the University of Waterloo’s Biomedical facility where my friend Zsofia Juhász will be showing us the latest technology on recycling medical products such as needles, syringes, and bandages. Before you go please leave me the homework I assigned you last week.” Rita desperately wants to read Kanayago’s paper on where she has or preferably is working.
Kanayago steps forward with a thin sheaf of hemp paper covered in cellulose binding.