Welcome to my Can We Save Water post!
First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. Everybody should be concerned about water conservation because it is a worldwide issue. Let me show you what I do to save water.
As a qualified teacher, I am passionate about education and the impact it can have on bettering our future. It is down to us individuals to do our research and make small changes to the way we live our lives.
These small changes are easy to make and can have a big impact on our health, the health of our family, and our environment. This website is designed for everyday people looking to make these changes. Here you will learn a legitimate way to go green.
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What is Water Conservation?
By working together as a collective, to save water by eliminating its redundant use. This means, ensuring that we take what we need and reserve what we don't need.
This article is in support of the Water Conservation Day held every year on the 22nd of March to raise awareness of the pressing threat of water shortage.
To achieve complete water conservation, it will take every citizen in the world to accomplish it. World leaders and legislators, environmental groups, and urban planners may incorporate every policy, strategy, plans, and actions. However, without support in the lower level, these endeavors are far less effective.
The biggest contributors to this immense campaign are those in the middle class. These are people who are conscious of how much they earn, what they can save, and what they can afford to spend. Working with them is like harnessing a big machine that can afford the change.
The middle class will often be in a position of influence and play an important role in leading by example. A teacher in a school can teach their students and a business manager can set certain expectations. Are you, like me, in a position of influence?
Here’s a video of how pressing the water crisis is and what we can do to mitigate it. Let’s do this!
Why is it Important?
Before we can do anything we must understand that our seemingly innocent activities do more harm to the environment than we can imagine.
Here are some basic facts about water that many of us may not realize.
Water Is Life...
Water is life. There are no truer words than this. To survive, all human beings are governed by the “rule of threes”. What is this?
This “rule of threes” stipulates that man cannot survive 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water and 3 weeks without food.
I think that this is somewhat inaccurate concerning water and food aspects. It has been proven that man can survive up to two weeks without water and a month without food.
However, the message behind this saying is what is important here. We need air, water, and food to survive and in that order of priority too.
Water Affects our Quality of Life...
Seeing that the human body is made up of 70% of water, the human body must be regularly replenished with water. How much water does the human body need? We need 1 liter per 20 kgs of body weight each day.
So, if one weighs 70 kgs, he must consume 3.5 liters of water a day but if he is doing strenuous exercise or other activities that make him sweat profusely, add another liter to the daily requirement.
Water affects almost all metabolic activities of the body, from digestion to the excretion of the toxins from the body to the proper functioning of the brain.
A body that is constantly replenished with the right amount of water is less prone to almost all kinds of pain, less instability and more inner balance, less irritable, and believe it or not, heightened libido and sexual performance.
Believe it or not, juice, coffee, soup, and other liquids don’t count towards our daily intake. Some of the liquids we take in are stealing water from the body.
Among those water thieves in our body are coffee, green and black tea, and alcoholic beverages. If you drink these, be sure to replenish each serving with 2 or more servings of water.
Water retention is not a problem even if you consume lots of liquids. Our sodium intake is the most common cause of water retention in our bodies. The more sodium we consume the more water our bodies will retain.
Don’t blame water for feeling bloated. Instead, blame the excessive salt and all sodium we get from our food and drinks. To cut down the bloating, cut down the salt.
If you are feeling bloated, drinking more water will flush out the sodium and return the water levels in our body to normal.
Agriculture Demands Water...
What are we without food? Based on the rule of threes, we’re will be dead if we do not consume food within certain time frames.
By then, our systems have severely broken down due to the body’s attempt to override the lack of food. First, it uses up our store of fatty tissues. Next, the body will feed on our muscles, until eventually, the major systems of the body will collapse, resulting in death.
Water plays a very important role in agriculture. A 1,000 square meter garden needs an average of 3,500 liters of water during the summer. One square meter of a garden plot can produce 750 grams of produce on average during the growing season.
It is not just our plants that need water but our livestock too. A cow can consume about 30 liters of water per day and even a full-grown chicken can consume half a liter each day. There will be many days before an animal reaches the stage of its life where it is fit for eating.
Medical is Critical...
Can you imagine an intravenous drip without water? Or a hospital operating with limited amounts of water? Can you imagine having little access to water at a research facility?
A huge number of medical procedures require water. On average, a 100-bed hospital needs an average of 25,000 cubic meters of water per year. This includes the water used for actual medical purposes, disinfection, and sanitation.
Some medical procedures use require the use of large quantities of water. An example of this is hemodialysis - the procedure cannot be carried out without a vast amount of water.
Planet Earth is Thirsty...
All plants and living animals need to consume water to survive, just as we do. If water is needed for the preservation of human life, the world we live in needs it more to sustain life.
Water keeps the global temperature stable, provides nourishment for wildlife, and maintains the balance of life. The water cycle is where water is evaporated and formed into clouds so that it can rain down and nourish the planet before starting the cycle all over again.
Sports & Recreation...
Water has been used for recreational activities for a long time and today’s society had tapped into this wonderful resource for recreation in more ways than one.
It is very hard to imagine a city without a swimming pool where people can come to bond with their families and exercise. Imagine how boring life could be without wave pools - kids love them!
Although there might have been a boost in the number of new wave pools all over the world in recent years, wave pools made history in as early as the 19th century to bring the “sea” into the inland areas.
Countless businesses are anchored in the use of water. Because of this, many had invested in a water source before even starting on their business operation. How would a golf club maintain their grass if they did not have access to water?
A lot of other sports activities also make use of water; swimming, surfing, sailing, wakeboarding, and exhilarating cliff diving are just some of these sports.
Water for Industries...
A lot of industries also depend on water. Foremost in this is the tourism industry. Among the most visited tourist destinations in the world have water as their alluring feature.
How different would be a visit to the Statue of Liberty if it was not erected on Ellis Island. There will be no Golden Gate Bridge without a huge strait to span over. Imagine the Venice Grand Canal without the water in it. Or a beach holiday without an ocean to cool off in.
We cannot discredit water’s role in power generation. In the US alone, hydropower provides 52% of the renewable energy generation, amounting to 7.44 % of the total electricity generated.
Production of a variety of everyday items requires water.
Manufacturing of canned goods and other frozen food and beverages requires a large amount of water, both during the sanitation and actual processing processes.
Water purification has become an industry in itself. Across the world, more and more water sources becoming contaminated and therefore water purification is considered a must in most countries.
Alluring as these countries may sound with their beautiful beaches, the Bahamas, Fiji, Thailand, and the Maldives are some of the countries where you are not supposed to drink from the tap.
Cars may give us convenience but an average car needs about 175,000 liters of water for its production. Every phase of the fabrication process needs water.
Even the production of paper and all its derivatives need water during the manufacturing process.
Ways to Conserve Water...
The best way to conserve water is in our households where we have more control.
Being aware of water usage and how it impacts the environment and mankind is one way to remind us of our responsibilities.
Maximize the Use of Available Water
Reserve the use of clean water for more important needs such as cooking, bathing, and washing clothes. Harvesting rainwater is as easy as having some containers under your gutter spout to collect and store rainwater.
This can be used for washing your hands, watering needs in the garden, and providing to livestock or small chickens.
Every day we take our showers, wash produce, or our hands and this produces greywater. It is possible to have no chemicals, including heavy detergents, in greywater.
Treated well, this water can be used to water your garden, wash clothes, and flush your toilet. However, your home may not allow this, particularly if you are living in rented accommodation.
Use Energy-Efficient Appliances...
Since a large portion of our energy needs comes from hydroelectric power plants, conserving electricity use is one way to reduce water usage.
Inverter appliances are more energy-efficient than conventional appliances. The digital compressors have smart temperature control that monitors temperature levels, resulting in less heat release.
Inverter appliances also have reduced Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and carbon dioxide emissions which also reduces global warming.
Stop/Reduce Food Wastage...
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at least ⅓ or a staggering 1.3 billion tons of the total food produced is lost either during the production process or goes to waste in households.
As food production needs a large amount of water, food wastage also results in water loss.