AVON — When Wendy Pabich received a monthly water bill for 30,000 gallons (for a household of two people and one dog), she was chagrined. After all, she is an expert on sustainable water use. So she set out to make a change, and in the process, wrote a book: “Taking on Water: How One Water Expert Challenged Her Inner Hypocrite, Reduced Her Water Footprint (Without Sacrificing a Toasty Shower), and Found Nirvana.”
Pabich, environmental scientist and author, will discuss her personal experience trying to cut back on water use on Tuesday evening at the Avon Public Library. Pabich’s presentation is the second installment in this year’s High Country Speaker Series, a partnership between the Eagle Valley Library District and Walking Mountains Science Center.
a quest to use less
“Taking on Water” is the story of the author’s personal quest to extract and implement — from a dizzying soup of data and analysis — day-to-day solutions to reduce water use in her life. In her book, Pabich sets out to examine the water footprint of the products she consumes, process her own wastewater on-site, revamp the water and energy systems in her home and make appropriate choices in order to “swim the swim.”
Part memoir, part investigation, part solution manual, the book is filled with ruminations on philosophy, science, facts, figures and personal behavioral insights, metrics to track progress and guidelines for the general public to make small but important changes in their own lives. Told with humor and grace, “Taking on Water” offers a raw account of how deep we need to dig to change our wasteful ways.
High Country Speaker Series
The theme of this year’s High Country Speaker Series is “Sustainability: Adapting Today to Preserve Tomorrow.” Other speakers in this series include: Rosemerry Wahtola Trormmer, poet, at Avon Public Library on Feb. 11, and Boyd Norton, nature photographer, at Walking Mountains Science Center on Mar. 11.