Water is the most important element for the preservation of life. Water is a finite commodity which, if not managed properly, will result in shortages in the near future. Water conservation can go a long way to help alleviate these impending shortages.
Why is it important to conserve water? A rather simple yet intriguing question, it forms the basis of existence on planet earth. Water is essential to sustain life on earth. Our whole existence is dependent on water. Though, earth consists of 71% of water, there is only a small portion which is fit for drinking. Thus, it becomes imperative to save water and ensure its judicious use.
Water conservation can be simple. It can start with easy steps that can bring about a huge difference. Listed below are some of the most effective ways which explain how to save water in daily life:
- Check your toilet for leaks-Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing the coloring begins to appear in the bowl. You have a leak that may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day.
- Stop using your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket-Every cigarette butt or tissue you flush away also flushes away five to seven gallons of water.
- Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank-Put an inch or two of sand or pebbles in the bottom of a one liter bottle to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and put it in your toilet tank, safely away from the operating mechanism. In an average home, the bottle may save five gallons or more of water every day without harming the efficiency of the toilet. If your tank is big enough, you may even be able to put in two bottles.
- Take shorter showers-A typical shower uses five to ten gallons of water a minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rise off.
- Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors-Your hardware or plumbing supply store stocks inexpensive shower heads or flow restrictors that will cut your shower flow to about three gallons a minute instead of five to ten. They are easy to install, and your showers will still be cleansing and refreshing.
- Take baths-A partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth-Before brushing, wet your brush and fill a glass for rinsing your mouth.
- Turn off the water while shaving-Fill the bottom of the sink with a few inches of warm water in which to rinse your razor.
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks-Even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water a day.
- Use your automatic dishwasher for full loads only-Every time you run your dishwasher, you use about 25 gallons of water.
- Use your automatic washing machine only for full loads only-Your automatic washer uses 30 to 35 gallons per cycle.
- Don’t let the faucet run while you clean vegetables
Rinse your vegetables instead in a bowl or sink full of clean water.
- Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator
This puts a stop to the wasteful practice of running tap water to cool it for drinking.
- If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing
If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you have only one sink, first gather all your washed dishes in a dish rack, and then rinse them quickly with a spray device or a pan of water.
With these small and innovative methods to save water in your daily life, you can make a huge difference. Every step counts and goes a long way in safeguarding the interest of every living being on the planet.