We all have come across the proverb “the grass always seems greener on the other side.” And if the grass is greener on the other side, you can bet the water bill is higher there!
Water covers about 71% of the Earth’s surface. We all have read it, we all know it. Water is what makes our planet different from all the rest. It gives us life. It sustains the life. It is that special essential ingredient which helps stir life into our planet Earth (this why other planets don’t have a life – because they don’t have the special ingredient – water)
Water is very essential. Be it drinkable water, or the water you use for household purposes. However, our coming generations seem to be completely unaware of it. Oblivious. Or maybe they just feel comfortable turning a blind eye.
We come across a lot of heartbreak and sob stories of pre-teens and teenagers and how they “#can’t live without love.”
My social media feed is personally full of so many depressing “lost my soulmate” and “one-sided love killed me” posts. And I find it hilarious, to be honest! 13-year-olds worrying about never being able to find their love again, and their will to live. Like seriously! Kids, you are just in your teen years. And you definitely can live without your “#soulmates forever” Let me tell you what you absolutely cannot live without – oxygen, water, and food.
I think it’s high time that everyone is made aware of the huge crisis we are facing – a crisis that is only worsening and will continue to worsen if nothing is done – water shortage.
Why Save Water? – Now or Never!
Most of you must be wondering why saving water is so important, and why is it such big of a crisis. Maybe you are sitting at your home, after a nice hot shower, and with a proper full-time water supply. And you may think 71% is quite a majority.
However, not all that water is available to us. 97% of the water is in the oceans, which leaves us with only 3% of the total 71%. And only 2.5% out of that 71% is drinkable! Life is not possible without oxygen, water and food.
So instead of sitting on your couch and worrying about your tragic love suffering, you must be more concerned about the shortage of water that about 3 billion people around the world will face by the year 2025; which is not that far away! According to the statistics, the ratio of drinking water and total population of the world, more than a billion people all across the world are surviving on just 1 gallon of water per day.
Save Water at Home: Follow these Easy Tips
Now that we have established the importance of saving water let us look at some ways to do it. We have some very good, effective tips that will help increase your contribution to saving water. Let’s take a look at some of these!
RO Water Purifiers?!
Most of us use RO (Reverse Osmosis) water purifiers at our homes, right? It’s because we feel we need to have pure drinkable water. But are you aware of the excess wastage of the water when your RO is in use? ROs are known to approximately waste 3 liters of water for evert 1 liter that they purify! Shocking, right?! RO consumes and wastes a lot of water. We must try to reduce the RO usage. We also have a few tricks for you:
Try to re-use the water that your RO wasted and drained out. Collect it, and re-use it. Your RO’s job is to purify water, after all, so don’t worry about having to drink ‘bad’ water.
You can also adopt and resort to other water purifying methods such as switching to Gravity Based water purifiers, UV water purifiers, UV+UF water purifiers, etc.
There is no harm in trying, of course. If you don’t feel so comfortable with the change, you can switch back to RO. But the trying is worth the effort to contribute in the water shortage crisis.
Dishwasher for Dirty Dishes
Most of us have the habit of washing dishes by hand. When we do so, we often leave the water running for rinsing, and most of it goes to waste. Not only does it consumer a lot of water, but also a lot of your energy, right? Or do you hire a maid to work and was the dishes for you?
Anyway, instead of spending your expenses on doing the dishes by hand, it is much more convenient to use a dishwasher. It saves a lot more water and your energy too! Just remember to load your dishwasher to its full capacity. This will avoid multiple running cycles of the dishwasher and will save water.
Doing that Laundry Right
When doing your dirty laundry, make sure that you wash your clothes in the washing machine when it is loaded to its complete capacity. This way, you can avoid multiple washing machine cycles, and can save around 4500 liters of water as well as electricity per month. It goes for dishwashers as well. You can let your laundry pile up till it reaches the maximum washing machine capacity and then go ahead with the washing.
Don’t let it leak
The first and foremost thing that comes to anyone’s mind while dealing with water issues is if your pipes and faucets are fine. One of the many solutions to the water crisis problem is making sure you don’t have any unnecessary or unnoticeable leaks. Your pipes can easily develop leaks and faucets can go on dripping water for the entire day without being in use. So make sure you have your pipes checked and any leaks fixed!
You can make a lot of save from your household uses of water consumption. One such area is your tap water usage. Do remember to turn off your taps while brushing your teeth and shaving. Don’t let the water flowing while you are washing your hands or brushing your teeth. The next save you can make switching your bathing style.
Buckets Vs. Showers
Use buckets to take a bath instead of using showers. Showers consume a lot more water than your normal bucket water if we compare the two for a given time range. Showers usually take a lot more water and the longer you are in there, the more it goes on.
Some people believe that showers are better at saving water than buckets, however, that only depends upon the time you spend bathing and the faucet of your shower. Also, try to reduce your bathing time. Make sure your regular baths don’t exceed a particular time limit, which averagely is taken to be 10-20 minutes. Bathing for an hour regularly is not a good idea.
Inexpensive Car Spa
How often do you wash your cars? Once a week in the least? Do you use a water hose or pipe to do so? If you do, you must know you are wasting a lot more water. One big problem about using a hose is that it keeps running. Most of this water goes a waste, not even touching your car! The solution to this is to use a washcloth and a bucket of water to wash your car.
Using pipes or hoses increase you water consumption to a great extent. Using a bucket of water not only lets you know how much water you are using so that you are aware, but also consumes a lot less water than your regular running hose. Set a target of a bucket or two buckets, and see if you can wash your car within that capacity. Another great idea is to have waterless carwash! You must try this if you have not yet!
New Technologies and Tricks that help
A lot of new technologies have surfaced in attempt to reduce the water wastage. One such is shower heads with low-flow. They are also called as energy-efficient shower heads and give lesser water flow outlet.
Flush that *ish* efficiently
You see the flushes in your toilets? How much water do they consume?! Usually, the older flushes use 3 to 4 times more water than the new ones that have come into place now. Do you know if your flushes are the new ones? Go check the now. The new flush system is a dual-flush one. You must have seen these flushes in modern toilets in airports or malls.
They have two flush presses adjacent to each other, one small and the other big. It lets you to use less water to flush liquid waste and more water to flush solid waste. All you have to do is press the right flush.
Other technologies you can use are replacing your toilets with low-flush toilets and composting toilets. Composting toilets use much lesser volume of water instead of conventional western toilets that use a lot of water and bigger flush tanks.
Lower That Water Flow
The next thing you must do is installing a faucet aerator. This is great tool that gives a more consistent stream of water. It is inexpensive, and works great! In one of the studies, it was revealed that the general flow of water from a tap reduced to 3 liters per minute from a whopping 15 liters per minute after installing a faucet aerator! That is, it resulted in an 80% less water wastage!
Count the Drops for your Crops
When you are watering your garden, make sure to use mugs of water instead of a water pipe or hose. Using a pipe or hose will only waste a lot more water. Also, it makes a lot of unnecessary splashing in the surroundings.
If you have a huge garden or a farm for agricultural purposes, it is better to install a sprinkler system. The sprinkler system is considered the most effective ways of watering crops. It doesn’t consume a lot of water, and sprinkles water evenly to its surrounding area!
Adopting these overhead irrigation systems such as center-pivot or lateral-moving sprinkler can prove to be the best as they minimize evaporation, runoff and subsurface drainage!
Using green manures, recycled of crop residues, animal manure, etc. in the field improves the soil organic matter. This, in turn, increases the water holding capacity of the soil.
Rango ki Holi
Holi is a very popular festival in India. It is celebrated very pompously with the help of colors. Some families and friends use water. They mix Holi colors in the water and use the water to celebrate the festival. This wastes a large amount of water and is also more dangerous than just the powdered colors. So play your Holi while saving and conserving water!
Other Recycling Ways and Conserving Methods
You can recycle water wherever you can. You can also install rain water harvesting system if it rains in your area. For example, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Ms. Jayalalitha, had made it compulsory for all houses in Tamil Nadu to have a water harvesting system. This is a great opportunity to save water and should be made into a habit.
A way to conserve water is by planting trees. They increase the water holding capacity of the soil, thus increasing the ground water levels.
Be the Water Activist at Home!
Clean water scarcity is not a country or continental problem, but a global one. Water shortage crisis is still not as popular as other global crisis such as climatic changes or global warming. People must be made aware of this crisis! Several programs and workshops must be conducted not only to spread awareness about the crisis but also about techniques everyone can use to contribute into saving water.
These little and big techniques should be promoted among people of all societies. We must understand the value of water in our lives.
Some of these techniques may seem to have insignificant results but should be adopted nonetheless. This may seem a small thing, but trust me, every drop counts. Just how you used to save every penny or paisa in the hope it would one day become a huge amount with which you could buy your favorite toy; every tiny drop you save contributes to this ginormous issue!
Saving water should be made into a habit and should be everyone’s responsibility. If we all work together, we can beat the crisis!