Watch your water!
Posted by Peter MUIR
Everyone uses water everyday to brush their teeth, shower, flush a toilet, wash their hands, and so much more. However, did you know that although 70% of our planet is made up of water, only 2.5% of it is fresh and usable? Although fresh water is scarce, we globally consume 1 trillion gallons of fresh water per year. That’s about 74,074 swimming pools! Wasting water not only limits the amount of fresh water we have to use in our everyday lives; According to WWF, by wasting water we have already created deserts, poisoned millions of hectares of land with salt and killed entire lakes, such as the Aral Sea.
Wasting water not only causes droughts and floods in places that never had droughts and floods; water wastage leaves less water behind for aquatic ecosystems, this damaging the aquatic environments as water is one of the main aspects of these environments. As we have a limited amount of usable water left on the planet, we must wisely use and preserve this vital resource.
What can we do?
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth – this saves 6 liters of water a minute!
- Take shorter showers – showers can use up to anything between 6 and 45 liters of water per minute.
- Fill the bathtub only halfway or less when taking a bath – this can save up to 12 gallons of water per person.
- Always use full loads when washing dishes or laundry – this will cut out any unnecessary washes (and usage of water) in between.
- Fix any leaks or a dripping tap – dripping taps can waste 15 liters of water a day, or even 5,500 liters of water a year.
Furthermore, encourage others to raise awareness, spread the word, and especially to take action as well. For example, you can take action through organizing events (with your friends) to further promote saving water! Although it may not seem like it, we will truly make a huge difference if we all contributed and took action to these simple, easy steps in order to preserve our fresh water resource. Imagine how much water we would save the more people took small yet significant actions (such as the ones listed above) to save water.
By: Sofia Van Trooijen, Year 9