Do Your Part To Save Water!
The World Is Ours To Live, Its Resources Not To Waste…
Water is liquid gold. Without water, we are good as dead. A human can survive for about 3 days without water. Remember that each time you open a faucet.
My first lesson in water conservation I received from my dad’s mom, my grandma. She had been working in the home garden and her feet were dirty. We lived in Trichur, in Kerala State, South India. She stepped up to the garden tap, filled a mug of water, closed the tap, and poured water slowly on her legs, washing them thoroughly clean with just one mug of water and some to spare. I have never forgotten watching this as a 3-year-old.
Our need to save water has never been so urgent as it is right now.
Watching the Netflix documentary, “World’s Water Crisis,” I learned that about 71% of this Earth’s surface is covered with water. Of this, 97% is salty seawater. About 2% of freshwater is locked up in glaciers, ice caps, and deep cisterns underground. Only 1% is clean water that is being unequally shared by about 7 billion people on our planet. This water has to also be shared by wild animals, birds, and domesticated pets. I would also think of the millions of microorganisms that are dependent on water to keep our planet going.
It aggravates me when people waste water, without thinking twice about it. I have seen people wastewater in plenty of ways. Some of them I list below:
- Pressure washing their concrete driveways with clean water for hours on end.
- The City flushing water through fire hydrants for 1 hour per hydrant, to flush out impurities and sediments. They should find a better way to do this.
- Letting the tap run as people wash their dishes or brush their teeth.
- Washing their patio and porches even after they look really clean.
- Rinsing dishes with more water than is actually necessary.
- Homeowner Associations watering common area grass for hours that excess water runs into the drains.
There can be many other ways that people wastewater. Waterparks and Rec centers that rely on water like Community Waterpools, Hotel Pools, Club Pools will all go out of business if we run out of water. They will be empty trenches of cement or tile, and will not serve any purpose.
Many nations in Africa are going to war over this precious commodity, Water. Many Asian nations are struggling to grow crops or get good drinking water. Women in Africa, Asia, including India, to this day, walk long distances, some as far as 10 miles to get a single pot of contaminated water with which to cook and feed their families. Many children get water borne diseases drinking this contaminated water each day.
We use water for so many things, our daily activities, that sometimes, we are totally oblivious to how we use it. We are so dependent on WATER.
Gallons of Water Used and Type of Activity | Source: Usbr.gov
- 3 Gallons for shaving and allowing the water faucet to run.
- 6–8 gallons flushing a toilet.
- 5 gallons brushing your teeth and allowing the water faucet to run.
- 8 gallons for cooking 3 meals.
- 8 gallons for cleaning your home.
- 10 gallons for washing dishes for 3 meals.
- 20–30 gallons for washing clothes for the family.
- 30 gallons washing dishes and allowing the water faucet to run.
- 30–40 gallons watering the lawn (needs only 1 inch of water/week).
- 30–40 gallons washing a car
- 30–40 gallons soaking in a bath.
- 40 gallons in an 8-minute shower (5 gallons/minute)
How can you reduce the gallon usage of water in your home? Can you minimize the running of water while you brush your teeth? Can you lower the speed of water while rinsing the dishes? Can you water the lawn 1 time a week instead of 3 times a week? Can you wash the car once a month instead of every two weeks? Can you take a 5-minute shower instead of an 8-minute shower? Can you use 1 cup lesser water each day for cooking meals? If you answered YES to most of these questions, you are well on your way to SAVING WATER.
IF all of us did our part, we can make this world a better place. We would not strain its resources as much. We have to also find ways to make this precious commodity available to the poorest people on earth. Every human has the God-given right to use and drink clean water.
DID YOU KNOW: (Source: Water Facts, Worldwide Water Supply Usbr.gov)
“There are 10 million acres of lawn in the U.S., which requires 270 billion gallons of water every week. That’s enough to give every person in the world a shower for four days in a row.” (non-stop).
“A gallon of paint or a quart of motor oil can seep into the earth and pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water.”
“A spilled gallon of crude oil /gasoline can pollute 750,000 gallons of water.”
It is projected that over 3 billion people will find it difficult to access clean drinking water by 2030. The wars that can be started by this water shortage are unimaginable and could have deadly repercussions on this planet.
HOW TO FIND NEW SOURCES OF WATER:
Rainwater harvesting is an easy method that families have to start using water wisely. Farmers in India have started digging 3o to 40 feet deep wells in the ground and covering them in rock and concrete to store water to irrigate crops.
Iceberg and Glacier harvesting using specialized technology and pipelines for distribution will help us transport water to needed nations.
Desalinating Sea Water can be used to irrigate crops and use for construction and industrial purposes. This is an expensive process, but because of the growing demand for clean water, the Middle Eastern nations and parts of Africa have started desalinating water for consumption.
Rainwater run-off, snow, and sleet can be melted and used to irrigate crops and gardens. We must find creative ways to stretch this natural resource.
Floodwaters can be pumped using industrial motors via large pipelines to other states facing droughts. This will prevent floods from damaging valuable property in every country. If we are able to construct subways, we can easily accomplish this, each and every nation. This will create jobs. This will prevent damage and destruction saving families millions in dollars, and insurance companies also stand to gain by not having to pay out claims on flood-related damages.
HOW TO CONSERVE CLEAN WATER:
All nations can learn from the nation Israel, which converted desert land to cropland. They did this by using their water resources wisely, by resorting to drip irrigation. They feed the plants only enough water, consistently, without neglect, and this helps keep the plants healthy and live longer, producing plenty of fruits, crops, and flowers.
It’s more of a matter of commonsense and common courtesy to use this precious commodity — Water wisely. We cannot feign ignorance or lack of education to misuse water or pollute water, making it unusable for others.
Water nourishes our bodies and souls.
My only prayer is that my article urges you to start finding ways to do your part, each person, to use water wisely. This will help the planet as a whole to make great strides in stretching the use of water.
WATER FACTS (Usbr.gov)
FRESHWATER CRISIS (National Geographic. Sign-up required)
INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARTH’S WATER (Ngwa.org)
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