There's an absolutely marvelous plumbing hack on the Instructables site which is worthy of your time. The blogger gives us a very understandable synopsis of how to pre-
use the water which refills your toilet tank after flushing.
The principle is that the incoming water can be utilized for hand washing prior to it entering the toilet tank reservoir overflow tube. While the blogger's working model is aesthetically crude, the concept is crystal clear in all it's glory.
This strategy is common knowledge in eastern countries. I love this idea but I would build my toilet tank sink on a small stand right next to the toilet tank.
What prompted me to write this post however, is not strictly the ingenuity of that blogger's toilet water sink. I have a real problem with this prevalent notion that water is a scarce resource. I mean really, am I the only one who knows that this planet is nearly 75% covered with water? Yes, it's mostly salt water and you can't drink that stuff in it's raw form but companies like General Electric
) have perfected the process of desalination. The technology and equipment are quite readily available.
For those fine people who live in areas where household water costs real money, I have a special DIY project for the whole lot of you: Try telling your legislators that you want coastline desalination plants to provide capacity to far exceed projected needs for the next century and start lobbying those goofballs in Washington to outlaw profiteering on the provision of water for domestic needs. Perhaps someone should get that message to the U.N also... do ya think?