How to efficiently use water during the summers sitting at your home
With the growing population, it has been a matter of concern on how to conserve our water resources. The demand for fresh water has been increasing day-by-day, putting extra pressure on the available resources. There seems no way that the population is going to decrease or become stable therefore, there is an urgent need to conserve these water resources for future and use them wisely. Especially during summers, when there is shortage of water almost everywhere, we must take steps to conserve water. We can do it very well by taking just a few measures, sitting at home. All we need is a helping hand from our family members, some household things, (probably) a little investment and a little determination to do some good to the world.
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What can you do?
- One small step, one big leap!
You can start the revolution in your garden itself! Trees and plants are the best helpers to harvest water. You can plant ‘ground water level (or water table) of the nearby area. It is even said that it increases the water level in a circumference of about 50 meters! Besides this, it is also renowned for its medicinal qualities and for the treatment of diseases like malaria.
- Prepare yourself!
Before summers, make sure to change all the taps and faucets which continuously drip or leak water. If you can’t, then put a bucket or a tub under such taps. This really helps to save a considerable amount of water.
During summers, when we don’t have enough water to water our garden regularly. So, you can use the water from your kitchen. Like the water that we use to wash vegetables, can be collected in a bucket and given to plants in your garden.
Make a chart for summers, (depending on the daily water needs of your family) on how to distribute water amongst the family members so that you can make minimum sufficient use of water. For example, during summers, an average person needs about 6-8 liters of drinking water, 10-15 liters to take a one-time bath and so on. Compare the daily usage during the summers with the daily usage during the rest of the times. You’ll see how effective this plan can prove to be! This way you’ll definitely save a lot of water.
You can install a rain water harvesting system in your house. It is perhaps, the most efficient way to recharge ground water level. Contact a nearby agency which does such things and you can get this system installed at a really affordable price and it won’t even interfere in the charm of your house.
What all you should not do?
- Avoid planting trees like Eucalyptus, because it decreases the ground water level of the area.
- Don’t use the soap water to water the plants, because the detergent can harm them.
- Don’t go for a car wash or don’t try doing it yourself at your home during summers. These things can be done even after summers, during monsoons, when there is plenty of water around.
- Wash clothes only when you have lots of them. Fewer clothes washed several times will take more water (in ratio) as compared to more clothes washed once or less number of times.
The little things that you can give away
Meanwhile, you can do a lot good to others besides saving water. Uncountable numbers of birds die every year in summers due to thirst. You can keep a pot of water in your courtyard for the thirsty birds. You can also give a small share from your time to motivate and encourage your neighbors and others to save water. You can play some interactive and interesting games every weekend as who can come up with the smartest ideas of saving water. If you can do these small things, then you can definitely make a huge difference!
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