Water Scarcity and Water Conservation
Written by: Daniela Miranda
Water. It is one of the most important and demanded resources essential for human life. Unfortunately, water is a limited resource. Currently, 1.1 billion people lack access to water.
If not managed properly, by 2025 two-thirds of the world population may be facing water shortages. We need water to quench our thirst, irrigate our croplands, and maintain basic hygiene. The most pressing water problems are water shortages, lack of clean water, and waterborne diseases. Inadequate sanitation and water quantities negatively affect economic development and public health.
Water is often misused and wasted and because only .05 percent of the earth’s water is drinkable, saving water is of utmost importance. Earth’s population is forecasted to grow, meaning that demand for water and food will also increase. Growing populations, agriculture demand, and industrialization all contribute to the increased demand for water. Droughts and overuse deplete precious resources and fertilizer runoff and pollution contaminate remaining sources. Safe drinking and sanitation water is one of the greatest challenges in developing countries today. Water conservation allows us to save a bit of money, save energy, and insulate future generations from water and food shortages.
To combat water scarcity and save water for humans around the world, we as a collective must adopt and implement conservative practices. To save you some time, we compiled a list of ways to save water at home!
Ways to save water:
Periodically check your toilets, sinks, faucets, and pipes for leaks.
Take shorter showers or take a bath instead.
Install water-saving shower heads.
Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, while shaving, and while washing your hands.
Use your dishwasher and washing machine for full loads only.
Turn off the sink in between rinsing dishes.
Don’t run the hose while washing your car - use it only when rinsing.
Cover pools to reduce evaporation.
Recycle your water whenever you can,
Eat less water-intensive food (such as animal products).
Buy less - clothing, electronics, household items
There are many actions you can take to save water! Have you tried any of these strategies before? What do you plan to do to save water in your everyday life? Share with us in the comments section below!