Saving Water : A Social Awareness Initiative
Three things one can’t live without are Oxygen, Water and Food. No one can live without Water. But do you know how precious is water and how much pure water we have in world.
If 10 years ago someone had given suggestion to sell the pure water, I’m sure people made good joke or laughed a lot on him. But nowadays mineral or purified water is billion dollar industry. People are ready to spend 20 rupees for water bottle, because we know it’s not easy to get pure or clean water.
One thing is sure; in future we are going to get shortage of clean water. In India you can see water shortage in every state, whether it’s capital of India, Delhi or a village of Bihar. People can’t get clean water easily.
Here are some water facts to remember:
- Less than 1% of the earth’s water is suitable for drinking
- More than a billion people around the globe survive on just over 1 gallon (4 liters) of water per day
- Potentially more than 3 billion people may suffer from water shortages by the year 2025
- 66% of the human body is water
- A person can only live without water for approximately one week
How to save water without changing your lifestyle
The average household consumes approximately 240lt of water per person per day. That means that for a household with four people in it, 960lt of water is used every day which equates to 350’400lt per year!
How is this usage broken down? Would you believe that only 3% of your total water consumed is used for drinking and cooking? The rest is used for the garden (35%), toilet flushing (29%), bathing/ showering (20%) and for laundry (13%). If we covert these percentages to volumes, the average home uses 122’640lt per year to water the garden,101’616lt to flush your toilet,70’080lt to keep ourselves clean and 45’552lt to keep our clothes clean! The other 10’512lt per year is used for drinking and cooking.
Water Rhapsody look to match water quality with application. Municipal water for drinking (for now anyway but this could change), rainwater for showering, toilet flushing and laundry and lastly, grey water for garden irrigation. A combination of all of our systems can save you up to 90% on your water bills!
Saving Water at the Sink
Turn off the water while you brush your teeth. You’ve heard this standard water-saving strategy before but it never hurts to be reminded.
- Turn off the water while you wash your hands.
- To wash your hands effectively and use less water, fill the palm of one hand with water and turn off the water.
- Add soap and lather well.
- Turn on water and rinse quickly.
- Running water for the recommended fifteen seconds uses approximately 41.69 ounces of water on average (assuming the water is only on for fifteen seconds).
- Turning off the water while you lather uses 11.26 ounces of water on average. By allowing the water to run while you wash your hands you waste more than three times the water than if you turn off the water while you wash your hands.
Save Water on the Toilet
- Consider purchasing a low flush toilet or converting a standard toilet to low flush.
- Or use the following saving rule in your bathroom: “If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down!” While this strategy is repellent to many, it is a safe, water-saving alternative that is practiced in many countries.
Save Water in the Shower
- Install a low-flow shower head and always keep your showers as short as possible.
- If you take a bath do not fill the tub up any higher than necessary. Consider saving the water for your plants.
Ground water resource gets naturally recharged through percolation. But due to indiscriminate development and rapid urbanization, exposed surface for soil has been reduced drastically with resultant reduction in percolation of rainwater, thereby depleting ground water resource.
Rainwater harvesting is the process of augmenting the natural filtration of rainwater in to the underground formation by some artificial methods. “Conscious collection and storage of rainwater to cater to demands of water, for drinking, domestic purpose & irrigation”.
Broadly there are two ways of harvesting rainwater:
1) Surface runoff harvesting
2) Roof top rainwater harvesting
If you harvest your rainwater, your water savings are even bigger as the water you harvest is used for bathing, showering, laundry and toilet flushing. Rainfall is seasonal, but for the rainy months, you could be self-sufficient in terms of water supply.
- Use your washing machine only when it is filled to its total capacity. You can save about 4500 liters per month in this process. Besides saving water, this method is also helpful to save electricity.
- Avoid using a shower for bathing. Try using a bucket instead. This will help you save about 150-200 liters every day.
Turn off the tap while brushing and save more than 200 liters of water every month.
- Use sprinklers to water the plants provided you have a large garden.
- Ensure that your home has no leakages. Also check whether all water bottles are closed properly.
- Lastly, spread awareness regarding water conservation.
More ways of Saving water
- Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
- Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
- Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
- Spreading a layer of organic mulch around plants retains moisture and saves water, time and money.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
- Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, then reuse it to water houseplants.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Collect water from your roof to water your garden.
- When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
- Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Avoid extra flushes in the toilets.
- Do not water the plants between 11 am to 4 pm, as the water will evaporate.
- Plant native or drought-tolerant plants. Group plants based on water needs.
Do not waste water just because someone else is paying, such as in hotels and Do 1 thing Every day that saves water. Encourage your friends, neighbors and co-workers to do their part.
Water Scarcity In India
Make “Water Conservation” compulsory in all buildings, apartments. Privatize “Water Management” systems which will bring in more efficiency. Spread awareness about the potential problems arising due to water scarcity. I think this is more an awareness issue. There is attitude which has to be eradicated. For this each one can take steps by spreading awareness among friends, relatives and neighborhood.
Apart from the ideas mentioned initiatives need to be taken for Rainwater harvesting at the village level. Ponds need to be created and they need to be maintained. A lot of water is rendered useless because its polluted.
Lot of awareness needs to be spread at village level. A lot of awareness needs to be spread in young students who are more receptive.
Those who wish to protect environment of India they have to concentrate on political pressure groups. Present laws, constitution, administration network, awareness is quiet enough to protect our environment, animals, water sources and pollution controls. People seating in ministries are not fool they know about environment. Problems are in willingness and decision making.
With Our whole country reeling under a ubiquitous water crisis, we must spread awareness about how this problem could be contained. For that, we ourselves have to know how to deal with it. People in India have no care as to whether they save water or not. Simple steps like turning water off while brushing or shaving, cleaning of porches and balconies with buckets of water rather than running hoses, cleaning cars with bucket water than running hoses etc.
Each part of the chain worsens the water problem. No single way to stop this exists. Everybody from individuals to companies to politicians should stricken up. Otherwise we’re looking at water wars real soon. This is not a one day problem; this is not even one city or village problem.
People in our country give damn for this have any one constructed their house with few pot hole for rain water harvesting or the villagers have removed the silt form their ponds without waiting for the Government to come and help had they used drip irrigation and sprinklers or the people in the city have have disposed their waste properly without disposing them on roads and open spaces which is the major obstruction for the water to get sunk into ground. If they have prevented the rapid decline of water table by not exploiting it by bring well (especially commercial use).
Save Water Save The Planet
Water is the most valuable resource of nature. It is a endless creation by god so people don’t take care of this matter. As a result crisis of water become one of the most important issue. Desperately using of water is a bad sign for the world. There are many areas in the world where people don’t get their drinking water properly. The beauty of nature effecting by this problem. So we have to use the water as much we need without wasting. While shaving or washing your face doesn’t let water run.