By Dinesh Verma - December 2, 2019
“When the Well is Dry, We’ll Know the Worth of Water”– Benjamin Franklin
Life is only possible on earth because of water and oxygen. Water is the basic necessity for a living being to survive on this planet. But today water scarcity is at an alarming rate, and pure drinking water is just a few percentages away from getting disappeared.
Water is the base in running all the ecosystem of this earth. Water is our go-to companion from morning too night. Thus, making us to misuse and waste it most of the time.
India is one of the top leading countries in facing the water crisis on a daily basis, especially by metro cities. Recently, in a study it was derived that 25% of the urban population lacks a proper supply of clean drinking water. In most of the urban cities, people have to buy clean drinking water bottle worth of Rs.25 to Rs. 30.
We are not the only ones to face the severe impact of the water crisis but if the rates will get higher day by day it would definitely result in huge water scarcity of our future generation. Also has a very harsh impact on climate change, which we all knew has already begin
Now the question arises, what can we do?
So, here are few simple steps which we can introduce in our daily lives especially in our home and workplace to save gallons of water. The steps sound way too easy but it can result in saving the essence of our mother nature.
How many times we just ignore those water leakages and procrastinate day after day in order to get them repaired? Whether it’s in your kitchen, washroom, office pantry or garden get them fixed by a plumber or do it yourself.
It’s the toddler steps to save water! Keep the tap always close while doing hand wash, brushing teeth, washing dishes or face wash. It’s very important to save each and every drop of it. While at the workplace try to install automatic sensor taps to save water. You can save up to 25 gallons per month just by turning off those taps.
Install faucet aerators wherever possible in your home and workplace. Aerators are often called as master water saver. They help in restrict water flow and reduces gallons per minute. Often old faucet is not quite equipped resulting in heavy loss of water daily. Choosing the best aerators for your faucet is very important. You’ve to keep in mind the size of your faucet.
Use slow head showers and install ultra flow toilets. It can result in saving around 13,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four. Or just modify your older toilets and shower. The same can be done in-office toilets and gym showers.
You can save a lot in the laundry by keeping in mind the appropriate water level. Fix a day in a week to do laundry and avoid doing it daily. It can be a savior on a wider picture. Always wash a full load laundry it can save around 5 to 15 gallons of water. Try to switch on a front-loading washing machine. It required 1/3 lesser water as compared to a top-loading machine.
Use automatic sweep brooms and mops instead of the hose. Whether it be your workplace or your house just switching on automatic brooms can have a larger impact on your water bills. Additionally, it’s a good healthy exercise!
Install rainwater tanks in your garden on the spaces that are vacant and can be directly in contact with the pipe running through the terrace. Prefer going for drought-tolerant plants and use mulching and animal manure to keep moisture in the soil for a long time.
Try to water the plants early in the morning or in the evening to reduce the evaporation of water in sunlight. Especially these techniques are very helpful in vast gardens majorly for office places.
Grey water often describe as the waste water collected from machinery and manufacturing operations. The grey water untouched by any toxic substances like salt, boron or chlorine bleach can be a useful supply for gardening. Another way to reuse is to operate grey water and try to use it in other functions like cleaning or sweeping.
The swimming pool in your house and workplace can be a big reason for water wastage. Consider a new water-saving pool filter, change your filter to the cartridge model rather than a traditional one. As cartridge filter does not need a water-hogging backward to clean which can lead to saving gallons of water.
It’s the most important and prominent step in conserving water. Create awareness among your family, children and office people for saving water. Make posters and stick in on the places where water usage is the most, like washroom, laundry room kitchen, office pantry, garden, etc.
Conducts program every month to create concern about water scarcity and conversation. Promote water conversation among your workplace through newsletters, SMS, Facebook posts, etc.
Water is the main factor on which all our lives are fully dependent. We can’t ignore the fact that the water crisis is rising at an alarming rate and if we didn’t take any step now than it might be too late!
The underground level of drinking water is becoming less day by day resulting in disturbing the natural filtering process and lending us to major climate change. Further factors like deforestation, lack of plants, pollution are effecting rainwater to run away instead of absorbing through the ground.
Hence, we should follow even the minor steps to conserve and preserve water. Also, preventing and avoiding unnecessary use and wastage of water.