Conserving Household Water

By: Angelica Ang

Why save water?

Did you know that less than 1% of all the water on Earth can be used by people? The rest is salt water (the kind you find in the ocean) or is permanently frozen and we can't drink it, wash with it, or use it to water plants.

As our population grows, more and more people are using up this limited resource. Therefore, it is important that we use our water wisely and not waste it.

11 ways to save water in home and yard

Conserving watere in Home

  1. Take shorter showers
  2. Turn off the water after you wet your toothbrush
  3. Use your Dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads
  4. When washing dishes by hand, don't leave the water running for rinsing
  5. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge
  6. Don't use the toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket

Conserving water in Yard

  1. Put a layer of mulch around trees and plants
  2. Water your lawn only when it needs it
  3. Don't run the hose while washing your car
  4. Use a broom, not a hose, faucets and couplings
  5. Check for leaks in pipes, hose, faucets and coupling

a powerful message for you!

A drop of water is worth more than a sack of gold to a thirsty man.

How to save Water in the Future

Much of our planet is covered in water, yet many countries struggle with water availability. According to the EPA the average American uses about 100 gallons of water daily. We use it to cook, clean our homes and bathe. Conserving water for future generations is important. There are many ways you can save water and still get all of your day-to-day tasks completed, you just need to make a few changes in your water usage.

What happens if we ran out of water?

Our global water supply is becoming more of an issue every day. Even in developed nations, where a plentiful supply of water is sometimes taken for granted, the value of water is in­creasing among the people and their governments.

HowStuffWorks has already found that we can't manufacture, so what exactly will happen if we run out?­ It's ironic that on a planet that is 70 percent water, people don't have enough clean, safe water to drink. But the freshwater on Earth makes up just three percent of the water supply. And less than one percent is freely available; the rest is tied up in ice, as in icebergs, glaciers, and snowcaps.

This means that all of the rivers, streams, lakes, aquifers and groundwater expected to sustain the 6,602,224,175 people and counting on Earth make up less than one percent of the total water on the planet

The benefits to the environment

  • Saves money
  • Protects drinking water resources
  • Minimizes water pollution and health risks
  • Reduces the need for costly water supply and new wastewater treatment facilities
  • Maintains the health of aquatic environments
  • Saves energy used to pump, heat, and treat water

the harms to the environment

Harmful Algal blooms

Harmful algal blooms are a major environmental problem in all 50 states. Known as red tides, blue-green algae, harmful algal blooms have severe impacts on human health, aquatic ecosystems and the economy.

WARNING: Algal blooms can be toxic. Keep people and pets away from water that is green, scummy or smells bad.

What are the effect of harmful algal Blooms

Harmful algal blooms can:

  • Produce extremely dangerous toxins that can sicken or kill people and animals
  • Create dead zones in the water
  • Raise treatment costs for drinking water
  • Hurt industries that depend on clean water

Nutrient pollution from human activities makes the problem worse, leading to more severe blooms that occur more often.

Where is the water crisis the most serious?

Most developing countries face serious problems. In Africa, almost half of the population suffers from one of the six major water-related diseases, such as diarrhoea, which kills millions of children worldwide millions every year.

But many developed nations such as Spain and Australia are also having water problems due to pollution, overuse or mismanagement.