"10 Simple Ways to Start Conserving Water Today"
Blog 16 "10 Simple Ways to Start Conserving Water Today"
Between an already limited water resource and with the continuous increase in the global population, it is needless to say that our clean fresh water resource is becoming scarce. And in order to ensure that this resource lasts, we, people need to keep it pure and away from pollution. We need to learn even the simple ways to start conserving water today.
Many people believe that our water resources are limitless. With the oceans occupying almost 70% of the Earth’s surface, I guess, it’s very much easy to believe so.
However, what people seem to forget is that this 70% is mostly salt water. Very little of it is accessible clean fresh water, aka the water that we use on a daily basis. Water is essential for drinking water, agriculture, irrigation, industry, and power generation. One of the most essential elements for human life and survival.
Why is it important to save water? How can saving water help the environment?
First of all, reducing unnecessary water usage also means saving money on your water bills. But aside from that, it is important to save water because, as limited as our water supply is, the use of water itself, on the other hand, is limitless. From drinking, cleaning dishes and clothes, cooking, bathing to growing plants, and protecting wildlife and our ecosystem, the list goes on.
As a result, over a billion people worldwide lack access to water. And over 2 billion people get exposed to diseases due to inadequate sanitation.
In addition to that, conserving water not only helps us humans but also the environment. By keeping our water resources pure and clean, we are protecting our ecosystems. The marine ecosystem, for example. Do you know that by conserving water, we can help protect our oceans?
Without water, what will happen to the world?
That is why it is important to save water. To learn how to conserve and preserve water, starting today.
If you think that it is difficult to do so, you’re wrong. While it is indeed great (and definitely highly appreciated) to go the extra mile to promote water conservation, such as participating in some organizations like The Water Project, there are also simple ways to save water daily that you can easily do around your home.
Here are a few ways people can save water at home.
10 Simple Ways To Start Conserving Water Today
There are a lot of different methods of water conservation. For example, keeping the water resources away from pollution, that's one. Here are some of the simpler and easier tips on how to save water at home.
- Be mindful of running water.
Always make sure to turn off the water when not in use. For example, when brushing your teeth, you can fill a glass to rinse your mouth. Wash food produce in a bowl or fill your sink with clean water. And if you’re washing the dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing.
- Take shorter showers.
Try to limit your showers just in time to soap up, wash down, and rinse off. Or you could turn the shower off while you’re using soap and applying shampoo then turn it on again to rinse.
Most shampoos and conditioners are mostly water. With shampoo bars and other products that are in a solid form where the water component has been removed, not only do you reduce plastic consumption by up to 3x, but also reduce unnecessary water usage. Plus, you can save money, too!
- Wash full loads.
When using an automatic dishwasher and washing machine, make sure to wash everything in full loads only.
- Water your lawn only when it needs it.
How to know when your lawn needs watering? Step on the grass, if it springs back up when you move your foot off, then it doesn’t need watering. In addition, cool spells and rainfalls reduce the need for watering.
- Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks, and steps.
When you use a hose to clean the driveways, you use hundreds and hundreds of gallons of water.
- Keep a water container in the refrigerator.
If you have a habit of running tap water to cool it for drinking, you should stop it now. Instead of wasting water by doing that, be more eco-friendly and use reusable water containers and store your water in the fridge.
- Stop using your toilet as a wastebasket.
For every tissue you flush down your toilet, you also waste about five to seven gallons of water.
- Check your toilets, faucets, and pipes for leaks.
Unattended leaks waste water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even just a small drip can waste more than you think. Especially the leaks outside the house as they are easy to ignore since they don’t mess up your floor. So taking regular preventive maintenance around the house not only keeps your home in good condition but also helps conserve water.
- Invest in water-saving showerheads or flow restrictors.
I say invest, but really there are inexpensive options for flow restrictors that you can find in your local hardware store. They will help you cut down your water usage by more than half your usual consumption. They are easy to install too, and not at all different from any other showerheads. Except that they are more environmentally efficient.
Aside from all these, there are still so many different ways to conserve water. Like telling your children or younger siblings to not play with the hose or sprinklers, or opting for plants that don’t need too much watering.
But the most effective method of water conservation is to educate yourself. Stay updated by following sites whose goals are to protect and save the environment like the World Wildlife Organization.
Learning these practices of conservation of water resources and committing to even just what may seem a little effort in our everyday life, we can actually help save the environment. So protect the EARTH, starting now. Always remember that now is always a good day to start. So conserving water today.