The How & Why Of Water Conservation
"When the wells dry we know the worth of water"............. Benjamin Franklin
The Worth Of Water
Water is natures most precious natural resource. Its hard to imagine running out of water since around 70% to 75% of the earths surface is covered by water. According to Global Water Policy Director Sandra Poste only 2.5% of the huge amount of water on this earth is freshwater and most of it is in glaciers and ice caps. Only about 1% of this freshwater is available for people to use. Freshwater is a necessity for all living things and therefore important to our survival. There is no substitute for water. Doesn't it make sense to treat our water supply with more respect? Especially since this small amount of water is used for multiple purposes including drinking, agriculture, transportation, industry, heating and cooling, irrigation and thermoelectric power.
Every Drop Counts
Water plays an important part of our daily lives. We wake up in the morning, take a shower, brush our teeth, grab a cup of coffee and start our day. In today's society people are using up our planets freshwater faster than it can naturally be replenished. The availability of freshwater will decrease by 33% within the next 50 years due to an astronomical growth in population and a giant flux in weather patterns. Wasting water has become a significant environmental problem. Because our water is a limited resource, we must conserve and protect it.
Saving For A Non-Rainy Day
The fact is we can no longer take our water supply for granted. Water conservation should not be considered an option any longer. Water plays a strategic role for both present and future generations and needs to be managed. The good news is there are plenty of small things every human being can do to conserve water and help avert water shortages. Some easy ways to conserve water are:
- Don't leave water running while brushing your teeth
- Use shallow water while taking a bath
- Don't let the hose run longer than necessary while watering the lawn or washing the car
- Irrigate only during the cooler parts of the day
- Check your toilet and faucets for leaks
- Take shorter showers and challenge yourself with 5 minute showers
- Run the dishwasher and washing machines only with full loads
- Use a broom rather than a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways
- Collect the water you use for rinsing produce and reuse it to water house plants
The #1 water saving device is you. When you use water wisely and not waste it, you help the environment and save energy and money. At www.wateruseitwisely.com you can find 100 different ways to conserve water.
Fun Water Facts
- Every toilet flush uses up to 5 gallons of water
- People can live several weeks without food but only a few days without waterWater makes up 83% of our blood, 70% of our brain and 90% of our lungs. Overall our bodies are 70% water.
- More than 30% of household water is for outdoor use
- Water is unique in that it is the only natural substance that is found in all 3 physical states liquid, solid and gas
- A leaky faucet can waste about 300 gallons of water per month
Fun Water Slogans
- Think Outside the Sink
- Waste Water Today Live in Desert Tomorrow
- Prohibit The Drip
- Tap the Tap
- Save Water - It Doesn't Grow on Trees
Don't Be A Drip
How we manage water conservation today will affect nearly every aspect of our future. So today is the time to start conserving water. Take little steps each day to reduce the amount of water you use and soon your efforts will become second nature. The changes we make at home add up quickly in neighborhoods across the country. To read, learn and know more about water go to https://www.watercalculator.org/save-water/.