Without water, there is no life on earth.
And if you think you only need water for cooking, drinking, bathing, and washing, you are wrong.
Water is everything around you. Nearly everything you use daily requires water. It is an essential ingredient in the manufacturing process for items such as clothes, curtains, toothbrushes, cell phones, towels, and more. Water is also a core essential and basic necessity for sustaining life for every living thing (plants and animals) on the biosphere.
70% of the earth is covered in water. What you didn’t know is that only 2% of it is freshwater. As the latter becomes scarcer, it is more challenging for some people to find clean, freshwater. A recent report released by WHO and UNICEF shows that about a billion people don’t have access to improved sources of clean, fresh drinking water. The report also indicated that about 3.575 million people die annually from water-related diseases.
What’s water conservation?
The concept of water conservation revolves around careful use and overall preservation of water supply. It also focuses on both the quality and quantity of water being used. Water is an integral component of the nourishment of life. Its fundamental demand for nearly every human activity appropriates from basic household uses to industrial uses.
Is it important?
Freshwater is one of the limited resources on earth. With the increased need for water in businesses, homes, and agricultural sectors, water shortages and droughts are like to become more common in the future.
Sure, there is a lot of water in the oceans. But you can’t drink it or cook with it. Though water distillation plants promise to turn the ocean’s water into freshwater, the entire process is very expensive. Besides, most inland regions and countries with limited resources cannot access water from these plants.
So, every drop counts.
Water conservation tips
A recent survey revealed that an average American uses between 80 and 100 gallons of daily. Yes, that’s over 29,000 gallons of water annually.
And the most irritating part?
Much of the water daily water usage involves flushing the toilet. Actually, we are flushing the world’s most precious and limited resource down the toilet!
Fortunately, there is much you can do to preserve water.
- About 10 gallons of your daily water footprint is lost to leaks. Therefore, get your faucets, toilets, and overall piping inspected. Handle the necessary repair in time.
- Save 15 gallons of water during a shower by installing a low-flow showerhead.
- Shave off your hot water usage, save energy, and keep more dollars in your pocket.
- Use showers as they are more water-efficient than a bathtub. A recent survey revealed that you need about 70 gallons of water to fill a standard bathtub adequately.
- Use front-loading washing machines that are both water-efficient and energy-efficient.
- About 22% of your indoor water use is associated with laundry. It’s time to adjust your washing machine and avoid hand washing. The latter requires a lot of water.
Yards and swimming pools
There is a good chance 60% of your household water footprint goes to garden and lawn maintenance. Climate is the primary factor that determines how much water you need for your garden or lawn. Unfortunately, you cannot control it. Consider watering your plants when necessary and practice mulching. This can help conserve moisture.
Did you know that your car needs about 150 gallons during a single wash? That means by washing your car less frequently, you can a lot of water.
Pass water conservation knowledge to your kids
Your water conservation efforts are likely to be more effective if you get your children involved. They need to know why it is important not to leave taps running and why mulching is important. One way of helping your kids learn more about water conservation is by helping them create colourful signs and posters to remind their friends and family members different water conservation tips.
The weight of the human population is expanding rapidly, and that means there is a heightening tension on water resources. It is upon us to conserve this precious resource.