World Water Day: How Changing These Every Day Habits Can Save Gallons of Water
Did you know that of all the water in the world, only about 1% of the freshwater is accessible for human consumption? Sadly, since all we have to do for water is turn on a tap, most of us take it for granted.
22nd March is World Water Day; a day that draws attention to the water challenges faced all over the world. Not only are there over 600 million people without access to clean water, there are other water problems like droughts, water pollution, etc.
Starting this World Water Day, you can do your bit by making some simple changes to daily habits and save hundreds of litres of water.
In the kitchen
- Instead of cleaning vegetables and fruits under running water, use a bowl to rinse them.
- When you steam or boil vegetables, use that water for other things around the house like watering plants. This water can also be sued to make soup as it will be packed with flavour and nutrition.
- Another great tip while boiling vegetables is to fill up the pot to just cover the vegetables. This preserves the flavour and nutrients.
- When you boil water to make tea or coffee, see that you use just enough to fill your cup.
- If you use a dishwasher, use it only when it’s full.
In the bathroom
- The most important (and easiest) thing to do is to get all your plumbing checked and see that all leaks and drips are fixed. Here’s another incentive to do this – according to Vastu, leaking taps signify drainage of money.
- Turn off the tap while brushing and turn it back on only when you’re ready to rinse the toothbrush. You can also consider using a cup for gargling and rinsing your mouth while brushing.
- Using a shower saves much more water than a bath tub, and using a handheld shower, saves even more. This is because you’re able to direct the flow to the exact places you need, so there’s no overspray. It’s also much quicker.
In the laundry room
- Get (or upgrade to) a washing machine that saves water and energy.
- Only wash when you have a full load. If not, then adjust the settings to the appropriate load size.
- As far as possible, use cold or warm water instead of hot water.
- Reuse your bath towel and let it dry in the open. Avoid washing it too often.
- Water your plants early in the morning or in the evening, This will prevent the water from evaporating too soon and will also ensure that your plants get enough water.
- If you use automatic sprinklers, make sure the openings are pointing to the areas that need the water the most.
- Add mulch or other organic material to the soil to increase the water-retaining capacity of the soil.
- Use a bucket to collect rain water. You can use this water to water the plants or wash your car.
- Use a broom when you clean the walkways and driveways instead of pouring buckets of water.
- Use a bucket and mug to wash your car instead of a running hose.
- Water is used to extract and refine the fuel you use. So try carpooling or using public transport once in a while.
- It takes about 1.39 litres of water to produce 1 litre of bottled water. So it’s always a good idea to carry your own bottle of water wherever you go.
- Packaged and junk food require a lot of water in their production and transportation. Not to mention the fact that when we consume them, we’re required to take in more water. Eating vegetables and fruits contribute to our water intake and they come with a bonus – they’re super healthy and great for the skin.
There’s so much you can start doing from today that will help you (and the planet) tomorrow. If you have more water-saving tips, please add them to this list by leaving your suggestions in the comment section below.
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