We usually see water as something self evident. We don’t consider water as meaningful resource like oil or gold, but actually water is one of the most valuable resources on our planet. There would be no life on this planet without water, so it is very important to use it responsibly and sustainably.
We know that almost 70 % of the worlds surface is covered with water, so that might seem odd to talk about lack of water, but actually only around 2 % of all this water is fresh water that can be used for a humans consumption. It is very small amount for whole world, but we are using this water unreasonably. Water use in many parts of the world has become unsustainable in such level many businesses and life together is threatened. Here are some simple tips how you can start to save water and help the planet.
Close the water taps when water is not needed, even if it’s only for few seconds. For example, many people are running the water while brushing the teeth. Those are only few minutes, but just calculate the amounts of water wasted each year. Beside many people are doing that so the waste is actually huge. If the whole planet would exterminate this habit, we would be able to provide many countries with clean water.
Choose shower instead of water and reduce the showering time to 5 minutes. That is more than enough time for washing. Of course you can take a bath once in a while to relax if you want, but don’t make it every day habit. The amounts of hot water you can save this way are very meaningful.
If you have a garden, water it reasonably. Many people choose automatic watering systems. They are very convenient for usage, but they waste water. They water the plants even when it’s not necessary, beside they water bigger fields than it’s actually needed. The fresh water that could be used for drinking is just poured out to the ground. If you want to stop this waste you can either water your garden manually or invest some money in wise watering system.
Turn your toilet into a low flow toilet. You can do it by simply putting a plastic bottle into a water tank to reduce the amount of water in it or you can buy a whole new water tank. This will help you to save huge amounts of water, because water in toilet usually is flushed several times a day and each time you will be able to save few liters.
If you have a dish washer, use it only when it is full. Usually people use the washing machine even when there are just one or two items inside if these dishes are needed. If you really need these dishes take them out and wash with hands, but if not, wait until the washing machine is full. The same thing we can advise for the laundry.
All these actions are quite simple and don’t take much effort. If you still don’t think that it is worth to travail a bit to save the planet, at least think of your own water bills that will be reduced to half.