Water is the most important and abundant substance available on the earth. It covers almost three-fourths of the earth’s surface. It is an inorganic, transparent, tasteless, odourless, and nearly colourless chemical substance, which is the main constituent of Earth’s hydrosphere and the fluids of all known living organisms (in which it acts as a solvent).
It is vital for all known forms of life, even though it provides no calories or organic nutrients. In some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water.
Over the past few years we’ve seen that our rivers are dying and various cities around the world are facing water shortage. Even in countries where there are abundant water resources, water scarcity is still a common issue.
Key Facts as per Unicef:
- Four billion people — almost two thirds of the world’s population — experience severe water scarcity for at least one month each year.
- Over two billion people live in countries where water supply is inadequate.
- Half of the world’s population could be living in areas facing water scarcity by as early as 2025.
- Some 700 million people could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.
- By 2040, roughly 1 in 4 children worldwide will be living in areas of extremely high water stress.
Many organizations world-wide are playing their part in resolving this issue. If not major steps but we still can do our bit to save water. Any small step that is taken will help save our planet and serve people as well. Let’s look at 15 Tips To Save Water:
#1: Check for leaks
Check all faucets, taps, and pipes for any leakages.
#2: Install Faucets
- Install faucets in your kitchen, bathrooms and garage to help you control the flow of water to these areas.
- Keep it at a reduced setting which by default will ensure less water supply to these areas.
#3: Turn off Tap while brushing
Turn off tap water while brushing your teeth or shaving.
#4: Use buckets
Avoid showers. Instead fill the bucket with water and have bath with that.
#5: Wipe not wash vehicles
- Don’t wash your vehicles with a water spray.
- Don’t splash bucket full of water on your vehicles.
- Instead take half bucket of water, dip a cloth, squeeze the cloth and wipe your vehicle with the cloth.
#6: Dip and wash vegetables
Instead of washing vegetables in running tap water, dip them in lukewarm water in a vessel and clean them.
#7: Use a watering can
- Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe.
- Watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water.
#8: Fully load your Dishwasher
Wash utensils once a day when your dishwasher is fully loaded.
#9: Fully load your Washing Machine
Wash clothes once a day or may be once in two days when your washing machine is fully loaded.
#10: Finish your bottled water
Whenever you buy bottled water, ensure that you have finished it, crushed and put it in the trash can. Most of the time you will realize people would hardly drink any water and throw it in the trash because they don’t want to carry it.
#11: Use your left over water
Whenever you have water left over from your kids water bottle or your water bottle, you can use that to water the plants.
#12: Use Sprinklers for larger spaces
- Instead of hosepipe use sprinklers for larger areas. Don’t over-water landscaping.
- Water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late in evening. Adjust sprinklers so that they don’t water the sidewalk or street.
#13: Use broom or mop
Instead of using hosepipes use broom or mops to clean passages, parking lots, gardens, sidewalks, driveways, loading docks etc. etc.
#14: Your toilet is not a wastebasket
Don’t use your toilet as a waste basket. First you will choke it up. Second, you will land up flushing multiple times and wasting water.
#15: Keep water bottles in fridge
If you like to have cold water, fill the bottles and keep in the fridge. Don’t wait for running water to cool down and then fill water bottles.
- If you or your maid is cleaning the utensils, then ensure to scrub and keep them ready. Dip them in a vessel filled with water before you put the tap on to rinse them.
- If you or your maid is washing the clothes with hands, then ensure to scrub and keep them ready. Dip them in a bucket full of water before you put the tap on to rinse them.
Watch the video -> 15 Tips To Save Water
Can you imagine the difference each person would have made to our planet EARTH even if we followed some of the above.
I am doing my bit. Are you?