Today is World Water Day, it’s a perfect opportunity to open the conversation around water waste and of course water preservation.
Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.
Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
This year the United Nations is highlighting Wastewater saying “we focus on wastewater and ways to reduce and reuse as over 80% of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials. We need to improve the collection and treatment of wastewater and safely reuse it. At the same time, we need to reduce the quantity and pollution load of wastewater we produce, to help protect the environment and our water resources.”
Their Sustainable Development Goal 6 “ensures availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030 – and includes a target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and safe reuse.
A FEW FACTS:
- Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. (Sato et al, 2013)
- 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause around 842,000 deaths each year. (WHO/UNICEF 2014/WHO 2014)
- The opportunities from exploiting wastewater as a resource are enormous. Safely managed wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials
Ways to save water at home:
Install a low flow shower-head
Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth
Check for leaky faucets
Upgrade your toilet to a low flow
Reduce shower time to 5 mins and shower, don’t bath (okay maybe once a month to relax)
Don’t use the toilet as a garbage can, only flush toilet paper
Make sure the load and water match up
Use cold water as much as you can
Buy Energy Star washer and dryers. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load.
Run the dishwasher when its full.
Use one glass for drinking each day or use a reusable bottle. This will cut back the amount of glasses that need to be washed.
Soak pots and pans, don’t let the water run.
Boil what you need, for 1 cup of tea, boil 1 cup of water, this will save money
Eat less meat, by cutting down on the amount of meat you eat, you could slash your water use drastically.
Buy an energy efficient dishwasher
Steam your veggies
Capture rain water
For more tips, click here.
So today, cherish it, be grateful for it, but most of all PRESERVE IT!