Updated: Jul 16, 2019
Water seems the most renewable of all the Earth’s resources. It covers nearly three-quarters of the planet’s surface, including the polar ice caps and mountain glaciers.
It is the main source of life on Earth. Water is essential for doing every single chore in life, drinking, washing, growing food, and for industry, construction and manufacturing.
The problem is that most of Earth’s water resources are as inaccessible as if they were on Mars, and those that are accessible are unevenly distributed across the planet. Water is hard to transport over long distances, and our needs are growing, both for food and industry. With more than 7.5 billion people on the planet, and the population projected to top 10 billion by 2050, the situation is set to grow more urgent.
Conserving water helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers, and local watersheds. If also prevents greenhouse gas emissions associated with treating and distributing water.
Conserving water can also extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation and reducing pollution due to leaks. Overloading municipal sewer systems can also cause untreated sewage to flow into lakes and rivers. The smaller the amount of water flowing through these systems, the lower the likelihood of pollution. In some communities, costly sewage system expansion has been avoided by community-wide household water conservation.
Ways to Conserve Water:
Conserving water is something that we all should be doing. We take water and water supply for granted when in actuality supply is in high demand and of limited resource. Very little of the Earth’s natural water can actually be used for human consumption. Producing water is costly and uses those limited supplies of water available. By conserving water you can help supply more water while bringing a multitude of benefits your way.
Following are the ways which we can use to conserve water. Each of these methods of water conservation is simple and easy and certain things that anyone can take advantage of.
Turning the water off when brushing your teeth or washing your hair can save a lot of water. In fact, as much as 160 gallons of water can be conserved each month when you turn the water off.
Take shorter showers. You would be surprised at that just a few minutes off your shower time could reduce the amount of water you are using greatly.
Don’t let the water go down the drain while you are waiting for the temperature to adjust when taking the bath.
Stop using extra water when you flush by avoiding placing anything in the toilet. This includes tissue and cigarette butts. Using this method to eliminate these items will cost you an additional 5 to 6 gallons of water per flush.
Purchase water-efficient products and appliances for your home. This includes dishwashers, sink systems, bathtubs and more. These products pay for themselves in a short time.
When washing clothes, make sure that you are washing full loads of laundry only. You are wasting a lot of water washing only half of a load. The same rule applies when using the dishwasher.
Check for leaks. This includes the toilets and the sinks in the home. Even a small leak could cause an extensive amount of extra water usage and wastage.
Reuse water that boiled eggs to water plants. It will give the plants added nutrients.
Minimize the amount of time spent watering the lawn. Ensure that you are watering it only when needed.
When watering the lawn ensure that the sprinkler system is set the right way so you are not watering the gutters and watering other things that you do not want to water.
Don’t over-water your lawns and don’t water any faster than the soil can absorb.
Rainwater harvesting is used by many people and it could prove to be beneficial to you, too. Consider it!
Cut off the water supply to any areas in the home that you are not using.
Use brooms or other tools to clean gutters instead of the water hose.
Cover swimming pools to reduce evaporation to save thousands of gallons of pool water each season.
This planet is given to us to take care of. If we are faithful in doing our part, it rewards us in sustaining our lives. So when we misuse, mishandle, and misappropriate natural resources found on Earth, water being by far the biggest and most vulnerable of all, then the consequences are far-reaching and devastating.