This article is about saving water and the title perfectly reflects the reality of access to water our days and the need for all of us to face its use in a much more efficient and sustainable way.
In August 2019, World Water Week was held in Stockholm. For a few days, experts from around the world and all sectors met to discuss and share the progress and challenges regarding water, its use, and enjoyment by everyone on the planet. The central theme was Water for sustainable development.
Of course, the challenges we face with water are enormous. Opening a tap and drinking water coming out is not a common occurrence in the world in which we live: more than 2,000 million people do not have access to drinking water. Access to safe and clean water is therefore not guaranteed. And it is one of the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Added to the above data is the increase in the world’s population, which is expected to reach 9.3 billion in 2050, 33% more than in 2011. We will, therefore, need water for more people and we will have to make much more use of it. better and more sustainable use of this necessary resource for life on our planet, threatened by climate change that is fueled by the misuse of all-natural resources, including water.
Whenever you open a tap or go to use 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 have access to water and that you must make sustainable use of it and only use what is necessary.
The bathroom uses 15 times more water than the shower.
You brush your teeth, shave or soap your hands and if you wash the dishes by hand, use a barrel and don’t do it with the tap running. For example, if we brush our teeth with the tap running, we spend around 6 liters, while opening it only when we need it, we spend less than half a liter.
Every time we use the toilet tank we spend between 9 and 10 liters of water, sometimes, dragging just a cigarette butt or a piece of paper. Put a wastebasket in the bathroom and go out.
Fix water leaks. Leaky faucets can spend 11,000 liters a year in a year, and leaks in the toilet tank can account for more than 100 liters of water a day.
If you have this habit, do not do it anymore, currently, all appliances can clean the dishes well without the need for this manual pre-wash.
Let’s use the washing machine and the dishwasher always full and if you can stop using the dryer, the better, you will save water and electricity. The consumption of water in the laundry is usually 20% of our total consumption in the home. By the way, whenever you can, do not use the prewash program.
Fill a bottle with water and put it in the fridge, you will always have fresh water. Don’t let her run to get fresh water.
The reducers are devices that can be incorporated into the taps or the shower and prevent the flow from exceeding the set limit. The recommended amount for taps is 8 liters per minute and for showers 10 liters/minute. Aerators are devices that allow air to be introduced into the water jet, achieving savings of 40 or 50%.
Try to buy those that are more energy efficient. They are initially more expensive but consume less energy and less water, thus equalizing the costs in the long run. The efficiency of household appliances is regulated by the Dollarpea Union in a rating from A to G, with A being the most efficient and G indicating those with the worst energy performance.
Do it at night. By watering during the day you can lose up to 30% to evaporation.
These are some measures that will help us, above all, to change habits and attitudes towards the use we make of water daily and that 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 other specialized organizations that have more detailed responsible consumption manuals, such as CODES.
The most important thing is that we are truly aware of our role as consumers, but also when demanding effective and realistic measures that start from our community of neighbors to our respective governments at the local, regional or national levels.
The lack of access to water implies the implementation of immediate and urgent actions by all of us, with governments at the forefront, to stop 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 about our work in Ethiopia, whose drought is due to normal meteorological phenomena 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 measures on this issue, it is not worth remaining neutral, we live on the same planet and what we do here affects there, no matter where we are on the globe.
Do we make change possible? Let’s try it. If you already carry out any of our tips to save water, try to set an example for the rest and especially for the little ones, although, on many occasions, they are the ones who remind us of this type of action.