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Save Water & Help The Environment
Why is it So Important to Join the Fight
1/6 of the world population has no access to drinking water, and because of that 6,000 children die every day. Although water is one of the basic necessities of life, it seems like we don’t care about it enough. When we have water in abundance, we rarely think about its value and importance. Most people think that water simply springs from the faucet. We rarely think how water comes to our home, and even less about what happens to it after it disappears in the sewerage. In recent years, due to population growth and the rapid development of industry and agriculture, many parts of the world do not have enough freshwater. Every year, there is less freshwater in nature, and the existing quantity is constantly polluting the environment. Many industrial facilities use freshwater to carry waste away from the plant and into the rivers, lakes, seas and oceans. Therefore, conservation and rational use of water are very important.
Few Data To Understand The Issue
In the 20th century, water consumption has increased tenfold, and according to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion people have no drinking water, while 2.4 billion do not have enough water to maintain basic hygiene. Over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, but only 2.5 percent is fresh water. The rest is salt water contained in the oceans and the seas. And only 1% of freshwater is easily accessible. It is believed that 50 liters per person per day is enough to meet the needs, but 30 liters could also be sufficient - five liters for drinking and cooking and 25 liters for hygiene.
By 2025, two thirds of the humanity will face serious water shortages. UN predictions are pretty grim. Water resources will steadily decline because of population growth, pollution and climate change. In the next twenty years, the average amount of water will be less than 1/3. Waste-water treatment is the key. In addition to the active forms of protection, water flows are protected with adequate legal means. National and international laws now restrict the discharge of waste into the sea and inland waters. However, it can be difficult to force people not to do so. We need to raise general awareness on the importance of water for human survival. Here are some more reasons why:
- According to the findings of experts (USEPA) one liter of spilled motor oil, pollutes one million liters of water.
- A five-minute shower consumes about 100 liters of water.
- 11-12 liters of water leak out from an open faucet every minute.
Ways to Help
What today seems small and irrelevant could be very important for someone in the future. In order to protect water, it is necessary to respect the principle of sustainable development which meets the needs of the present generation for water and doesn’t endanger the needs of future generations. Therefore, protect and save the water! Here are a few tips on how to do this:
- First of all, identify your own water management goals!
- Turn off the water right after you wet your toothbrush. If you let the water flowing from a faucet while brushing your teeth, you will unnecessarily lose around 40 - 60 liters of water. The same goes for washing your hands and shaving – there’s no need to keep the water running while shaving – that way you will lose around 40 - 80 liters of water.
- Take a shower instead of a bath, and save over 100 liters. If you take a bath in a tub, you will waste 150 - 180l water, while a shower takes 30 - 50l.
- Repair your faucet: a drop of water per second from a broken faucet increases to the amount of 6,200 liters annually.
- Repair or replace your broken toilet tank. If water leaks from a tank in a thin stream, in an hour it will leak up to 4 liters which is 88 liters in one day.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks or driveways – you will save water every time.
- You shouldn’t forget the so called “hidden water use costs” like energy for heating, cooling, damage and sewer expenses.
- Bring the issue up in the office – it would be fun to challenge your co-workers on different topics related to water conservation.
- Show your office dedication to the initiative. Commit management, staff and resources to reach your goal. Include water-saving tips in office newsletters, on colorful posters, social media posts, cool silicone wristbands, or make a fun infographic on the topic.
The United Nations declared March 22 the World Water Day, with the intention to highlight its importance. We are approaching the time when the demand for water will exceed our supplies. “Preserve the water, we will need it,” is not merely a slogan, but a warning and advice to us all to care more about this natural resource from which we all depend. The world is made of tiny matters. So each one of us can contribute to water preservation: seize every opportunity to protect it every day, everywhere.