This article will save water, and the title perfectly reflects the reality of access to water today and the need for all of us to face its use in a much more efficient and sustainable way.
6th India Water Week was held in New Delhi in September 2019. For a few days, experts worldwide and all sectors met to discuss and share advances and challenges regarding water, its use and enjoyment by everyone on the planet. The central theme was “Water for Sustainable Development“.
There are certainly huge challenges we face about water. Opening a tap and leaving drinking water is not common in this world we live in: more than 2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water. Access to safe and clean water is therefore not guaranteed. And it is one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Previous data are joined by the increase in the world’s population, which is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, 26% more than 2019. Therefore, we will need water for more people. We will have to make much better and more sustainable use of this resource necessary for life on our planet, threatened by climate change fueled by poor use of all-natural resources, including water.
1. Be aware.
Whenever you open a faucet or go to use the water for anything, bathe in a pool, in a clean river or lake, in the sea… try to think that you are one of the lucky ones in the world who has access to water and that you must make sustainable use of it and only use the necessary one.
2. Take a dip instead of bathing.
The bathroom spends 15 times more water than the shower.
3. Close the faucet while.
You brush your teeth, shave or soap your hands… and if you wash dishes by hand, use sweeps and don’t do it with the tap open. For example, if we brush our teeth with the open faucet, we spend about 6 litres while opening it only when we need it will spend less than half a litre.
4. The toilet is NOT a trash can.
Every time we use the toilet cistern, we spend between 9 and 10 litres of water… sometimes to drag only a butt or paper piece. Put a trash can in the bathroom and use it.
5. Leaks no.
Fix the water leaks. Leaking faucets can spend 11,000 litres a year, leaking in the toilet cistern can account for more than 100 litres of water a day.
6. Do not rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
If you have this custom, no longer do. Currently, all appliances can clean the crockery well without this manual prewash.
7. At full charge.
Let’s use the washer and dishwasher always full, and if you can stop using the dryer, the better, you’ll save water and electricity. The water consumption in the laundry is usually 20% of our total consumption at home. By the way, whenever you can, don’t use the pre-wash program.
8. Water that you do not have to drink. Do not let it run.
Fill a bottle of water and put it in the fridge. You will always have fresh water. Don’t let her run for freshwater.
9. Use flow reducers or aerators on faucets.
Reducers are devices that can be incorporated into the faucets or shower and prevent the flow rate from exceeding the set limit. It is recommended for taps are 8 litres per minute and for shower 10 litres/minute. Aerators are devices that allow air to enter the water jet, saving 40 or 50%.
10. If you are going to change the appliances.
Try to buy those that are more energy efficient. They are initially more expensive but consume less energy and less water, so the costs are equal in the long run. The efficiency of household appliances is regulated by the European Union in a rating of A to G, with A being the most efficient and G pointing to those with the worst energy performance.
11. If you have a garden or outdoor plants, you water.
Do it at night. When watering during the day, you can lose up to 30% from evaporation.
These are some measures that will help us, above all, change habits and attitudes towards the daily use of water, which will allow us to save on this essential resource. Not only will we be getting used to using a resource like water more efficiently and sustainably, but we will also save money. You can also consult with other specialized organizations that have more detailed responsible consumer.
The most important thing is that we are truly aware of our role as consumers and in demanding effective and realistic measures that start from our community of neighbours to our respective governments at the local, regional or national levels.
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Fight climate change or promote it. It’s your choice.
Lack of access to water means immediate and urgent action by all of us, with governments at the forefront, to curb the consequences of climate change. The climate is already affecting all areas of our lives, and the most immediate victims are the most vulnerable groups of people. If you follow us, you will already know of our work in Ethiopia, whose drought is due to usual weather events but aggravated by climate change.
We all have tasks to achieve this challenge, and if we do not become fighters against climate change, we will become its promoters. There are no half inks on this subject; it is not worth remaining neutral; we live on the same planet and what we do here affects there, no matter where in the globe we are.
Do we make change possible? Let’s try it. If you already carry out one of our tips to save water, try to set an example in front of the rest and especially in front of the little ones, although, on many occasions, they are the ones that remind us of these kinds of actions.