Water is one of the most essential elements on our planet Earth. It is one of the most important things for the survival of all plants and animals. Hence, it is right to say that there would be no life on Earth if there was no water. It is strange to know that on Earth, there is over 326 million trillion gallons of water. However, freshwater makes up to less than 3 percent of all this water, and more than two-thirds of it is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. This brings the importance of World Water Day. But did you know that even water, which appears to be plentiful, might become scarce in the future?
Every year on 22 March, since 1993, World Water Day is celebrated as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and draws attention on the global water crisis issue. It also aims towards advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The World Water Day 2021 theme ‘Valuing Water’ will involve the environmental, social, and cultural importance that people put on water in addition to pricing issues. Water has tremendous and complex importance for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics, and the integrity of our natural environment, which is inclusively much higher than its price. We risk mismanaging this scarce and irreplaceable resource if we ignore any of these values.
Here, in this article, there are a few easy things that can be done at home to save water, minimize water waste, ease the burden on your local water supply and save money in the process.
Flushing toilets is one of the most common sources of domestic water waste. Old toilets are estimated to use as many as 5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. You will save up to 700 litres of water each year by installing the new water-saving toilet flush system.
Allowing your water intake to escalate out of control is not a good idea. Did you know, just turning off the tap while shaving or brushing your teeth can save 6 litres of water per minute? Also, if there is any leakage, you must fix leaky taps. Fixing leakages can save up to 60 litres of water going down the drain per week.
A power shower can consume up to 17 litres of water per minute. To keep your showers quick, sweet, and water-saving, you can try setting a timer on your phone. Also, switching to a more efficient showerhead would allow you to lather up with less water, saving you money and water.
Make the most of every drop by learning how to reuse water. One simple method is to collect the potable water used to rinse fruits and vegetables in your colander and dump it in the greenhouse. Do the same even when you’re waiting for your hot water to arrive.
One of the recommended water-saving tips is to wait until the sink is complete before washing dishes one at a time under a running tap. In the case of washing clothes, a full load of laundry is also a water-saving choice while washing in the machine. When it comes to hand-washing, however, using less quantity of detergent means using less water for rinsing.
Water outdoor plants early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid water evaporating quickly due to the sun and heat. Water the soil in such a way that the liquid enters the roots where it is required. Watering plants by hand rather than using automatic sprinklers will save you up to 33 per cent on your water use.
Find ways to catch and store rainwater for garden use. Water butts can save up to 5,000 litres of water each year when built. One simple solution is to collect roof water from pipes and downspouts in a drum.
‘Save Water, Save Life’ is a quotation that rings true because water is necessary for all living things to grow and reproduce. Since its usage is not limited to drinking for survival and includes various other survival activities, it is not just necessary but mandatory to conserve water, reduce unnecessary water usage and stop wastage of water. You can prevent everyday water waste by following these basic water-saving tips. Such water conservation programmes can have a huge effect on local water demand and help to build a water-sufficient nation where everyone has year-round access to clean drinking water. You can also read about Green Lifestyle to live a healthier & happier lifestyle.
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