Water is life. According to UNESCO, around 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. And approx. 97% of it is saltwater. This means water is all around us. Well, salt water that is. In terms of freshwater, only around 2% are viable enough for human consumption. Water, specifically access to fresh water has been a quest for centuries. Those civilizations that thrive and harness water, like Egypt (with the Nile River) for example, flourished more than those who did not.
Fast forward to today, because of the explosion in population, a majority of the world’s freshwater are now at risk in many countries around the world. A global water shortage, starting from agriculture, transportation, manufacturing to daily household consumption.
It may not seem much, conserving water in your home or office, collectively creates a domino effect. So what are some ways you can help conserve water?
- Prefer showers over bathing – On average, bathing consumes more water as compared to showering. While bathing has its own benefits, when it comes to conserving water and efficiently cleaning at the same time, taking a shower is the way to go. When you shower, the water is almost evenly distributed in your body. As it mixes with soap, the water helps wash away dirt and oils accumulated throughout the day. Much less than bathing. A typical water usage when it comes to showering uses approx, around 5 gallons as compared to bathing which can use up to 36 gallons of water.
- Fix that Leaky Faucet – Common sense. A leaking faucet is an example of flushing money down the drain but on a smaller scale. A leaking faucet can waste up to 15 liters of water a day on average. Better pay your plumber than waste some water.
- Install a rainwater Catcher – But first, check on your state’s laws and regulations regarding harvesting rainwater. But installing a rainwater catcher can help reduce your average water bill. Instead of relying on your local water company to water your garden, washing your driveway, or even as a cleaning agent for your daily household needs. Why not take advantage of free-flowing water from your roof during rain or snow.
- Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth – As we all know, there some people who would not turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth. It may become their habit which is not good. Much better if you use glass so that you can have water ready when you need it than letting the water run from your faucet.
- Reduce Your Laundry Days – Try to reduce your laundry days to once a week and only use a permanent press cycle. To conserve at least 5 gallons for rinsing. When you do your laundry every day, you are using the same amount of water five to seven times a week. When you reduce your laundry days, you also reduce the amount of water you use.