“A drop of water is worth more than a sack of gold to a thirsty man.”
Next to air, water is essential for the existence of life on our planet. Although water is abundant on the surface of the Earth (nearly 71 percent), only 3 percent of it is fresh water. Unfortunately, a significant share of freshwater is trapped in the form of glaciers and ice caps. This means only a tiny percentage (less than 1 percent) of water must accommodate the needs of all the lives inhabiting the Earth.
With H2O constantly flowing through faucets, we tend to overlook the fact that we have got decidedly less of it! The rapidly worsening global water crisis is a warning for us to mend our imprudent ways of using water.
Water is a precious resource, and every drop of it must be preserved. Each individual must make efforts to avoid wastage and contamination of water. Whether you cut your showers short or responsibly reuse water where you can, every small effort in saving water counts!
1. Fix The Leaks
Gallons of water can be lost in one single day through dripping faucets and other leaky plumbing fixtures. So the next time you notice a leak in the bathroom or kitchen, don’t walk past. Consider it to be urgent and get the dripping faucets or pipes repaired. Always be careful to close the faucets properly after every use.
2. Don’t Leave The Water Running!
There is no need to leave the water running while you brush, shave, clean the vegetables, or do any other chore. Turn the water off after you rinse your brush and fill a glass for rinsing the mouth later. Likewise, you can fill the sink with warm water up to a few inches and rinse your razor in it. Similarly, make use of your stoppered sink to wash your vegetables.
3. Make Daily Showers Shorter
After a long, sweaty day under the sun, the temptation of spending more time under the shower can be overpowering. But what you don’t realize is that your efforts to relax are putting an undue strain on the environment. Even a quick 4-minute bath under the old shower head can let out nearly 15 gallons of water. Cut your shower durations short and replace your old heads with low-flow shower heads to reduce water usage.
4. Stop Overwatering The Lawn
Watering is important to maintain a green and beautiful lawn, but overwatering is not! Water your lawn when actually needed . Step on the grass, and if they bounce back up after you step away, watering is not required. Also, water your plants either early in the morning or late in the evening. Watering during these hours uses less water as the environment is cooler and the sun is weaker. This gives water ample time to get soaked into the soil and be absorbed by plant roots.
5. Don’t Flush Trash In The Toilet
With every flush, you use more than 5 gallons of water. Every time you throw cigarette butts, facial tissues, and other small trash into the toilet, you waste unnecessary water that can be saved by using your trash bin instead. Don’t let anything other than human waste go down your toilet and you can reduce the wastage of water.
Finally, the most simple thing that homeowners can do to maintain a lower use of water both inside and outside is by making their home water efficient. Incorporating smart upgrades in your kitchen, bathroom, and the yard will not only reduce your water consumption big time but will also bring you huge savings.