Water is the most important element for the preservation of life, just next to air. No wonder, jal is considered to be equivalent to jeevan. Jal hai toh jeevan hai. And that’s why every year on March 22, World Water Day is commemorated around the globe with the goal of bringing attention to the current global water issue, and how to conserve water all over the world.
Water conservation is a pressing issue. Ever since the coronavirus’s outbreak, people had been working from home, staying indoors, and continually washing their hands to follow all safety precautions. This led to an increased water usage. As a result, it is even more critical to discuss how to save water in your daily lives.
10 Conscious Ways To Save Water
So how to save water at home? Let’s discuss 10 smart ways on how to conserve water at home.
1. Try Not To Prolong Your Shower
On an average, a single person can use up to 64 litres of water per day. That’s almost 16 days worth of drinking water and that’s just a shameful waste. Which is why bucket baths are recommended. If it’s not your thing, try alternating your shower days with bucket baths and if you have to, shower for less than 5 mins. Showering efficiently in less time is one of the simplest and most effective strategies to conserve water.
2. Put A Plastic Bottle In Your Toilet Tank
This has got to be the most passive and easy way to save water at your home. For this, you need to weigh down a one-litre bottle, add an inch or two of sand or pebbles to the bottom. Fill the bottle with water and place it safely away from the toilet’s operational mechanism in your toilet tank. That’s it! The bottle can save up to 18 litres of water per day in an ordinary home without affecting the toilet’s performance. If your tank is large enough, you might be able to fit two bottles in there.
3. Close Your Tap
Go back to your morning. You get out of bed, head into your bathroom, wet the toothbrush under the tap and start brushing your teeth. Aren’t you forgetting something? Oh that’s right, you left the tap open. Do you know how much water you waste every minute you leave the tap running? Over 15 litres! If you’re brushing your teeth, washing your hands thoroughly, or even cleaning your face, make sure to turn off the tap when you’re not using it.
4. Reduce Food Waste
If you think you can only save water by reducing the water you’re using daily, check again. Cooking food generally a lot of water. And sweat and toil from our farmers. So every time you throw away food that could have been donated or not wasted in the first place, you’re wasting not only food but water too. Nearly 7.5 tonnes of food is wasted every day in India. You read that right, every day. Now think twice before scraping away food into garbage next time.
5. Time When You Water Your Plants
If you have plants at your house or a lawn, water those plants early in the morning or late at night to avoid water evaporating quickly due to the sun and heat. Water the soil in such a way that the liquid flows directly to the roots (don’t spray it on the leaves), where it is required. Animals, too, require water during a heatwave. Rather than over-watering your lawn, place a water-filled container, such as a casserole dish, out for birds to drink and wash.
6. Harvest Rainwater At Home
Rainwater harvesting can be done simply by diverting runoff to basins around your plants or collecting it in a rain bucket. Or storage tanks and pumps. This can help you save up to 5,000 litres of water per year. Keeping rainwater on your property decreases the amount of contaminants (such as pesticides or fertilisers) that flow into storm drains and eventually into our rivers and waterways. Of course, you’ll save money on your water bill by reducing your outdoor watering.
7. Fix Water Leaks
Water leaks are one of the major sources of wasted water. You are paying for water that you are not using when you have a leak. Every year, more than a trillion litres of water is wasted in Indian households due to leaks. By repairing leaks, a single home can save thousands of litres of water per year on average. That’s a lot of water, as well as a lot of cash. By taking a few simple actions to discover and repair leaks in your house, you can benefit the environment as well as your wallet.
8. Save Water From RO Filters
A lot of Indian homes have RO water purifiers, but few people are aware of the negative consequences of utilising one. This isn’t unexpected. Although RO water purifiers provide excellent water purification, they frequently result in excessive water waste. For every 1 litre of filtered water, an average RO purifier wastes around 3 litres of water. That indicates that just 25% of the water gets cleansed and 75% of the water is wasted. You can collect this water and use it to wash your car or mop the floors, just don’t discard it.
9. Save Water From Washing Machine
Only use your machine when you have a full load. Check for leaks in the machine and wash your garments on the shortest cycle on your washing machine, without adding a rinse cycle. And wherever possible, use cold water. While gym clothes, socks, and underwear should be washed after each use, any clothing that does not collect sweat, apparent dirt, or anything else can likely be worn again before being washed. When hand washing clothes, refrain from excessive use of detergent and use minimum water.
10. Use Broom Instead Of Hose
When cleaning your sideways, galleries and parking spaces at your house, use a broom to clean the dirt. High pressure hoses can use up lots of water. If you want to use water, take a bucket instead. Just like while taking a shower, lots of unnecessary water is wasted here every minute. Take use of the water you saved up from the RO or coolers you use.
Our population continues to grow and with it grows its needs. Reports state that if you don’t drastically reduce water wastage, the world will face a severe water shortage crisis by 2040. That’s not so far away now, is it? So what can we do? Small steps from every person can lead to enormous differences in our society as a whole. A single person cannot prevent the crisis, but every single person’s pledge to learn and #BeALittleMore can go a long way in saving water.
Here are ways on how to conserve water at your house, now it’s up to you to set your mind on it and help the world. Is there any other way by which we can help save water? Mention in the comment section below.
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