Derek Zoolander: “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.”
Well, instead of “beauty,” water is more like the essence of life.
As Monday was Earth Day this seemed like the perfect time to talk about conserving water!
What do we think of when we think of conserving water? For me, my home province of Alberta regularly enacts water restrictions when we’re having a particularly dry summer, so I think of hot dry summers and the need to be careful with water use. You may think of something like the highly talked about water crisis in California:
From 2011 to 2016, the state suffered its worst drought in 1,200 years. Its major aquifers receded at a combined rate of 16 million acre-feet per year, and roughly 1,900 wells ran dry. (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170412-is-the-world-running-out-of-fresh-water)
Regardless of what you think of when you think about conserving water we know this for sure: wasting water isn’t only expensive, it’s dangerous.
Need a few reasons as to why we need to save water?
- Well, to start, every single one of us needs water to survive. Without water we’d die in a few days (this should be a good enough reason to conserve water but I’ll continue just in case)
- Our water supply is not “never ending” and only about 3% of our total water supply is suitable for drinking–the rest is salt water. Savewater.com puts it likes this, “if 100 litres represents the world’s water, about half a tablespoon of it is fresh water available for our use.”
This BBC article adds: “Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at Nasa, has warned that “the water table is dropping all over the world. There’s not an infinite supply of water.”” (http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170412-is-the-world-running-out-of-fresh-water)
- Our plants need water to grow and we need plants for a source of food.
- Saving water saves energy
- Saving water saves money
10 simple steps to conserve water
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucets. You can find these at any local hardware store.
- Check for and immediately fix any leaky faucets. American water and energy saver experts warn:
“If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year, which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.” (justshootmenow.wordpress.com)
- Don’t let the water run while you brush your teeth, wash your face, or shave. Turn off the faucet until you need it.
- Wash only full loads of laundry and full loads in the dish washer.
For laundry, hang as much of your clothing to dry as possible.
- Take a shorter shower. Even reducing your shower time by a minute or two can make a difference.
The Eden projects estimates that “Shower[s] can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute.”
According to an article on WikiHow: “Cutting down your shower time by just two minutes can save 10 gallons (37.9 L) of water.” (https://www.wikihow.com/Save-Water)
- Keep a jug of cold drinking water in the fridge so you don’t have to run the tap to get a glass of cold water.
- Don’t run the tap while you do the dishes. Fill one basin with warm soapy water and another with rinse water.
- If you have trees/plants that need to be watered, put mulch around your trees/plants. Mulch slows the evaporation of moisture.
- If you must water your lawn, don’t water your lawn when it’s windy.If you water while it’s windy you run the risk of increasing the speed of evaporation and of missing your intended target.
- Don’t use your toilet as a garbage waste bin (i.e. don’t flush if you use toilet paper to blow your nose and then throw it in the toilet–yes, people do this).Each time you flush the toilet, you’re wasting anywhere from 3-7 gallons (depending on the size of your tank and your type of toilet).
If you’re in the market for a new toilet, look for a low-flush toilet.
**Interested in learning (roughly) about your water consumption? Check out the water calculator here: www.watercalculator.org This is for the U.S. so my Canadian readers won’t be able to list their province.**
Do you have any other tips? Share then in the comments!
Now go off and flex your water conservation muscles!
“Save Water 49 Ways: Indoors.” American Water & Energy Savers Experts in Water and Utility Management. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 July 2015.
“Water Saving Tips.” 10 Tips on Saving Water at Home, Reducing Use. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 July 2015.
“Why save Water?” Savewater.com.au –. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 July 2015.
WikiHow. (2019, March 29). How to Save Water. Retrieved from https://www.wikihow.com/Save-Water