Top 5 Ways to Conserve Water

Water is an integral part of our daily lives. Without water, there is no way plants and animals can survive. Even as humans, we need water for our survival. As such, there are numerous reasons why water is important. For example, we need water to survive, hydrate our skin, boost our energy and to aide our digestion. Therefore, there is no doubt that water is essential for the survival of man.

 

However, despite the importance of water; our water resources reduce every year due to various reasons like climate change. Due to this, we need to conserve water in the best ways possible. When we conserve water, we tend to improve our lives by preventing certain situations that could harm our environment. This includes preventing greenhouse gas emissions, extending the life cycle of your septic system, reducing the saturation of the soil and the sewage, etc. Therefore, you can contribute to your environment by conserving water.

 

There are various ways you can conserve water, and these include

 

  1. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or washing your hair
  2. Take shorter showers
  3. Check for any leaky faucet
  4. Use full loads of Laundry
  5. Water your plants prudently

 

  1. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth or washing your hair

When brushing your teeth or washing your hair, it is important to turn off the water. You can simply wet your brush and fill your cup with some water needed for mouth rinsing. Also, when washing your hair, you can fill a bucket with water that’ll be enough to rinse your hair. By doing this you can conserve as much as 150 gallons of water every month.

 

  1. Take Shorter Showers

Another way to conserve water is by taking shorter showers. An average American uses 25,300 gallons of water every year or approximately 69.3 gallons of water per day. And most of that comes from showering. Fun fact, you use about 5 gallons of water for every 5 minutes of showering. Therefore, having shorter showers is vital in conserving water. You can do this by mostly turning on the shower when you need to rinse.

 

By reducing the duration of your shower by 2 minutes, you can significantly reduce your water use by 10 gallons. The more time you cut back spending time in the shower, the more water and money you save.

 

  1. Check for any leaky faucet

As they say, a leaky faucet is like flushing money down the toilet. A small drop of water from a leaking faucet may seem insignificant, but thousands of gallons of water are wasted per year. A small drop from a depleted faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water a day. Although some leaky faucets can easily be discovered, however, others may take a lot more effort to be found. Nevertheless, it is important to look out for any leaky faucet. If you discover a leak, get it repaired immediately.

 

  1. Use full loads of Laundry

If you’ve been washing half load of laundry, then chances are that you’ve been wasting a lot of water. When washing your clothes, try to avoid washing half-load instead, only wash full loads of laundry. Even if you want to wash half-load, then it’s important to adjust the water level to ensure that you’re not wasting water.

 

One helpful trick is, for you to set a schedule every week and have everyone in your family dump their laundry so it gets washed in one go. This way, you aren’t only saving up on water, but also saving more time.

 

  1. Water your plants prudently

One way to conserve water is by watering your plant prudently. You can do this by using a watering can to water your plant. To further conserve water, you can ‘reuse’ water by using rainwater to water your plants. Also, it is important to avoid putting water down the drain as you can also use it to water your plant. To conserve water, you must learn to water your plants wisely.

 

Another way of saving water effectively is to do this trick. Water your plants before dawn, which is somewhere between 10 P.M to 6 A.M in short bursts. This technique allows the water to penetrate the soil and into the plant roots efficiently. Why? Because within this timeframe, the chances of water evaporating quickly are less compared to watering your plants during the middle of the day.

 

As for watering in intervals, it allows the water to properly soak the ground. The first interval is to water your plants for five minutes and wait for ten minutes for the water to soak the ground, the second interval is another five minutes, this time allowing the water to properly reach the roots.

 

 

Some people think that water is an unlimited resource. After all, our Earth is mostly made up of water. But 97% of the water on earth is saltwater, which isn’t ideal for drinking. Only 3% of the Earth is freshwater, and only .5% of that is suitable for drinking. The other 2.5% is either inaccessible or is too polluted to drink. So think twice before you decide to keep that tap water running, shower a little bit longer, etc.,

 

Conserving water is crucial in ensuring that we don’t waste precious water. We also need it to ensure that we safeguard our environment. It doesn’t have to cost you significantly. Water conservation costs you little or nothing at all. Better yet, water conservation helps you save the environment, as well as money on water bills.

We can contribute to this endeavor by doing our part, and informing others of what they can do.

 

With slight adjustments to our lifestyle, we can help save the planet. Remember, we are not the only one relying on water to survive. Water sustains life, and with your help, we can sustain that life for generations to come.

 

Don’t forget to also practice it wherever you go because together, we could make the world a better place!

 

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