Why World Water Day Makes Sense
Write it down and remember. World Water Day is celebrated every year on March 22. Make this the year that you start to change your attitudes and habits around water conservation. Your actions matter and here is why.
The Water Crisis Before Us
In 1993, the United Nations established the first World Water Day. Even though the majority of the world’s surface is covered with water, millions of people don’t have access to fresh water, which is a necessity for life. What’s more is that millions of people also don’t have access to proper toilets, which makes a dire situation even worse, spreading waterborne illnesses.
The Global Economic Forum placed the water crisis at the top of the global economic crisis list because of the widespread devastation that will occur if the water crisis continues. World Water Day has helped raise awareness that has brought about change. Since the first celebration, billions of more people have access to fresh water, but there is much more to be done.
And it all starts with water conservation. Wonder how you can help? Read on.
Fix Your Plumbing First
You would be shocked to learn how much water is wasted simply from a leaky faucet or showerhead over time. That’s why you need to stay on top of leaks all the time. How do you know if have a leak? Some telltale signs are rising water bills, inconsistent water meter readings, pooling water around pipes, damp spots or mold growth.
You can often see leaking or drips from shower head or faucets. Toilets are trickier. To find out if your toilet is leaking, drop food coloring in the tank. Don’t flush and wait up to 15 minutes. If the color seeps through into the toilet bowl, you’ve got a leak.
Once you find a leak, make arrangements to get it fixed right away.
Steps Toward Water Conservation
It’s time to start conserving water at home. Here is how.
In your kitchen, avoid using the garbage disposal and compost your food scraps instead. Leave a jug of water in the fridge so that you don’t have to wait for the tap water to cool for drinking. Making pasta? Keep the water to water your plants. Don’t pre-rinse dishes. Never run the dishwasher or washing machine unless they are full.
In the bathroom, take showers instead of baths. Try to keep showers to 5 minutes, if possible. Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth, washing your hands or shaving.
Don’t wash your car at home; go to a car wash that recycles water. If you are running a hose outside, set a kitchen timer to remember to turn it off. Plant more shrubs to reduce the amount of lawn you need to water.
Let the kids run through your sprinkler to cool down, but do it in an area of the lawn that needs watering. Mulch your garden to retain moisture. Deep soak your lawn once in awhile, rather than frequent watering. It’s more efficient.
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