Water is life. It is a very important element for our planet. Without it we would not exist.
Earth is composed of almost 70 percent water and we humans and other life forms are mainly composed of water. It is essential for living; we use it for drinking, cooking, taking a bath, washing our clothes, watering our plants, and even for flushing our toilets. The necessity of this universal solvent is number one in the survival list of every organism here on earth.
Its abundance belies the fact that there exists the contrasting idea of water scarcity. It is true that water is everywhere, but not all of it is potable. Way back in the 90’s, a number of states in the United States of America experienced a “water-stress condition”. This rose from 30 states up to 45 in the year 2009. The trend is being replicated across the globe and it is very evident that as years pass by water problems are escalating.
A potential future water shortage here in Australia calls for water conservation now. It may be impossible to restore the previous abundance of safe and potable water in an instant; however, if each and every one does their part in their own little way to try and conserve water, there is hope. Here are some basic tips in conserving water in simple yet effective ways.
- Check taps and pipes for any leaks – Regular checkup and maintenance is very important because a small leak can waste up 50 litres every day and bigger drips may waste even more.
- Use a glass of water when brushing your teeth – Many people let the water run from the faucet when they are cleaning their teeth. This is a huge waste of water. Instead just dip your brush into a glass of water then use that also to rinse your mouth.
- Do not wash the vegetables or dishes under running water – Instead of washing your daily vegetables or your dishes under a running tap, rinse them in a small basin filled with water.
- Do not flush cigarette butts or other waste products down the toilet – Throw this garbage in a trash bin; flushing them down the toilet will waste up to 11 litres of water each time.
- Check your toilet for any signs of leakage – Put an artificial food color or any coloring in your toilet water tank. Observe the bowl without flushing after 30 minutes or so, if the color appears in it water, then there is a leakage. Make sure to repair this as soon as possible because a lot of water can be wasted through leaking cisterns.
- Use your water meter as a gauge if there are any unknown leaks in your pipes – Check the reading on the water meter, then wait after 2-3 hours without using water at all. Then check the meter again, if there is any progress in the meter, then there is a leak somewhere in your pipes. Track it down or call in the experts to repair it immediately.
- Store rainwater – Rainwater is free, you may use a barrel or any catch basin to store it, and you can use it in watering your plants or washing your car.
These tips are simple yet undeniably helpful. Big changes in the world start from small ones. Water conservation may be hard however it is essential to our future wellbeing. We must conserve water and use it properly because years from now we will need that water more than ever. Do your part from the future of humanity and ensure you take whatever steps necessary to minimize your consumption and usage.