Conserving Household Water
When you conserve water, you conserve life!
Why water is so important?
Water is one of the most important things on the earth. Did you know that there is 97% of salt water in the whole world. That means there is 3% of freshwater in the whole world! Did you know that us humans need to drink water in order to survive? If you don't drink water in 3 days the result would be death! Due to population increasing we would probably run out of our fresh water rapidly! Even your body is made up of water. The percentage of water varies according to your age and gender. The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.
How can we help?
We can do simple things around the house to help conserve water. One way to help conserve water is to check your faucets and pipes for leaks. Did you know a small drip from a worn faucet can waste 20 gallons of water per day. Another way to conserve water is to take shorter showers. Did you know a 4 minute shower uses around 20-40 gallons of water. These are some other quick ways to save water. Turn off the sink when brushing your teeth, and use your dishwasher and laundry machine only for full loads. These are all simple and effective ways conserve water.
The benefits of saving water
If we save water there will be many benefits for us and the environment. Saving water will reduce the cost of both mains water supply and wastewater disposal (i.e. potable water and trade waste), saving water can provide opportunities for developing efficiencies in other areas. For example, using less water may mean that pumping water around the site is reduced leading to savings in energy costs and greenhouse emissions, and saving water can reduce the risk of environmental contamination or pollution, as water efficiency initiatives will lead to less wastewater. These are some of many very good benefits for us and the environment.
What would happend if we don't help conserve water
Water is a very critical resource for human survival. If we fail to conserve water, eventually healthy water supply may not be available. Lack of water can lead to dramatic consequences. Water conservation can help prevent local and global problems such as rising costs, reduced food supplies, health hazards and armed conflict. These are some of many reasons why we should conserve water.