Water is essential for all dimensions of life

Over the past few decades, use of water has increased, and in many places water availability is falling to crisis levels. More than eighty countries, with forty percent of the world’s population, are already facing water shortages, while by year 2020 the world’s population will double. The costs of water infrastructure have risen dramatically. The quality of water in rivers and underground has deteriorated, due to pollution by waste and contaminants from cities, industry and agriculture. Ecosystems are being destroyed, sometimes permanently. Over one billion people lack safe water, and three billion lack sanitation; eighty per cent of infectious diseases are waterborne, killing millions of children each year

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Twenty ways to conserve water

  • When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  • Some refrigerators, air conditioners and ice-makers are cooled with wasted flows of water. Consider upgrading with air-cooled appliances for significant water savings.
  • Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Choose shrubs and groundcovers instead of turf for hard-to-water areas such as steep slopes and isolated strips.
  • Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
  • Plant in the fall when conditions are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month. 
  • Upgrade older toilets with water efficient models.
  • Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
  • Report broken pipes, open hydrants and errant sprinklers to the property owner or your water provider.
  • Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
  • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  • Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use
  • Keep a bucket in the shower to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
  • When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather.
  • Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
  • Wash your pets outdoors in an area of your lawn that needs water.

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