Can't agree more about the "precious and rare" parts, but not municipal - because I don't depend on municipal water after I moved to my home town . Nor do I pour water in buckets - I use a hose! Before you flame me ... wash water goes to my garden. Water from kitchen, hand wash and car wash etc. (greywater) goes to banana circle, other fruit trees and flowering plants. So no guilt of wasting water. Little OT here with the hope that many others will try it: My nett water footprint is probably close to zero because I recharge as much as I use, if not more. In next couple of years I want to be completely guilt free of my carbon and water foot print when I complete my permaculture farm setup. I want to live like our forefathers lived, sustainable life style without troubling mother earth too much. I hope to leave this earth we have borrowed from our children in better shape when I depart.