Water is essential in life. All living things need drinking water to survive. Aside from that, we also use water in many things such as cooking, taking a bath, washing our clothes and keeping our surroundings clean. It is hard to even imagine a day without water.
Unfortunately for Metro Manila residents, the water shortage has turned from nightmare to reality. Because of the dry season and the subsequent increase in demand which was aggravated by the effects of El Niño, Metro Manila residents found themselves with little or no water at all for a week. Although, the supply of water is slowly coming back; it is still a fact that unless the rainy season comes, water shortage will continue to become a problem.
With more and more places around the world struggling for clean water, water conservation is now more important than ever. Here are a few tips on how you can do your part in water conservation:
1. Close the Tap When Not in Use
It sounds so simple and logical yet many people leave the tap running especially while brushing their teeth, washing their hands, washing dishes and taking a shower. By simply turning off the tap while not in use, you are already helping in the conservation of water.
2. Fix Leaks
Did you know that a single drop of water per second adds up to 5 gallons a day? That is approximately about 3,000 gallons or 11,356 liters in a year. Imagine all those water and money wasted because of a faucet leaking! Stop the leaks! Check and fix all your broken faucets.
3. Plant Native Plants
Native plants are plants indigenous to a certain area. These plants adopt well to the specific climate and physical conditions of a particular place. Taking care of native plants requires less water.
If you live in a tropical place such as the Philippines, use tropical plants for your garden such as ferns, bromeliads and orchids. If you live in the desert, use desert plants like cactus. For cold climates, use plants that can survive winter.
4. Re-use Towels or Clothes
A small act of reusing towels in your home can help conserve water. Practice this also even outside your home such as in hotels. Apply the same habit to your clothing especially if you have worn it only once and it is still clean. Jeans for example can be reuse a couple of times before washing.
5. Run your Washing Machine / Dishwasher Only on Full Load
If you have a washing machine or dishwasher at home, make sure that you run them only on full load. Even if you choose the small load settings, you are still using the same amount of water to run a full cycle. So, save water by running them only on full load. This is also one way to save on electricity in your home.
6. Take Shorter Showers
A good way to save water is to take shorter showers. It is also a good way to conserve energy. It adds a few more minutes to your sleep time and it also a way to prevent your skin from becoming dry.
7. Water Plants in the Morning
The best time to water the plants is in the morning. The cool weather will help the water reach the roots more efficiently without losing too much water due to evaporation. You may also opt to water the plants using the traditional watering pail instead of a hose.
8. Avoid Thawing Meat Using Water
Remember to plant your meals ahead. Remove the meat that you are going to cook from the freezer and defrost it in the refrigerator the night before. The meat remains safe and of good quality when you are ready to cook it the next day.
9. Convert your Toilet to a Dual Flush
A dual flush toilet uses two buttons to operate the flush, one for the solid waste and the other one for the urine. It helps save water because the flush for the urine uses less water compared to the other one. The Dual Flush toilet uses 45% less water compared to ordinary toilet.
Also, flush toilets only when necessary. A toilet bowl cleaner tablet will help keep your toilet clean and helps prevent tough stains.
10. Recycle and Reuse Whenever Possible
Any item in your home from you clothes, paper, computers, furniture and appliances consumes water during the manufacturing process. If you can reuse and recycle items as much as you can then you are helping the global community save tons of water.
To be able to make a difference, it needs more than your solo effort. Ask your family, friends and co-workers to join you. Spread the word. Share this article. And together, let’s do our part in conserving water.