Water conservation is necessary for everyone, especially if 75% of the world's population is expected to face a water shortage by 2050. [Mongabay.com] There are three things that one must think about; sustainability, energy conservation, and habitat conservation.
We need to make sure that fresh water will be available for our future generations; we can't take water without it being naturally replaced at the same rate of removal.
Conserving the energy we use to treat and deliver water to consumers is definitely a necessity. And if we take too much fresh water, how are local wildlife going to survive?
With everyone doing their part, we can make a huge difference. We cannot take this precious resource for granted anymore – water conservation must be in our way of life.
Here are some great tips that you can start doing now to help conserve water.
Save Water In the Bathroom
- Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Take shorter showers and shallow baths.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.
- Check to see if your toilet is leaking.
- Install a showerhead that lets you turn off water while soaping up.
- Install a Low-Flow toilet or simply convert your current toilet to allow dual flushing.
Save Water In the Kitchen
- Thaw foods in the refrigerator, not under running water.
- Wash full loads in the dishwasher.
- Install aerators on faucets to reduce flow.
- Wash fruits and vegetables in a bowl instead of under running water.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge for cold drinking water instead of running the tap.
Save Water In the Laundry Room
- Run the washing machine with full loads only.
Save Water Outdoors
- Adjust the sprinkler timer as the weather changes.
- Sweep pavement and driveways instead of hosing them down.
- Don't water when windy or raining.
- Don't overwater – every third day is usually enough.
- Avoid use of hoses without a shutoff value.
- Put a layer of mulch down in the garden to keep soil moisture in and weeds out.