Guide to Water Conservation



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Introduction

Ultimate Guide to Water Conservation

You must have heard at least a few people saying that the third world war will be fought over water. This may sound absurd because water is so readily available to us now, but this statement is not too far from the truth. Water is absolutely essential to sustain our lives because not only is our body made up of 60%-70% water; it covers about 70% of the earth.
Although we seem to have plenty of water to utilize as we want, in reality, a severe global water shortage is looming over us. According to estimates, the demand of water is expected to exceed the supply by 40% within 20 years. This has far reaching consequences, one of which is the shortage of food because agriculture uses about 70% of the available water.
According to the Financial Times of London, "Water, like energy in the late 1970s, will probably become the most critical natural resource issue facing most parts of the world by the start of the next century."
"Every year, more than two million people die due to a lack of drinking water and diseases caused by consuming polluted water." - United Nations

World water wars: A very comprehensive site about various aspects of the global water shortage
The water project: This site discusses at length, the importance of water, water scarcity and practical ways to help
Global Water Supply Drying Up as Population aggregates - Saving water can save masses from the unceasing deprivation of water
The importance of saving water - Conservation carries economic benefits as energy and equipment are also conserved as a direct result of water preservation efforts

Some Facts about Water

  • 97% of the world's water belongs to the sea and only 0.5% of the remainder is clean which can be used
  • Producing one ton of wheat requires about 1000 tons of water
  • Some of the major rivers on the world are running dry
  • Freshwater wetland has decreased by 50%
  • A person in the developing countries uses about 10 liters of water every day and in contrast, a European uses about 200 liters
  • About 2,000 liters of water are required to produce enough food for one person in a single day

World health organization: A detailed description of the water and sanitation crisis with relevant facts and figures
Blue planet: Presents the facts about the global drinking water crisis

Conservation of Water

The magnitude of the water shortage crisis calls for serious measures to be taken. We need to learn about ways we can stop wasting water. Conservation is simply everything done to avoid unnecessary consumption of water.
Water is precious, use it wisely There are a number of ways to save water, and they all start with you
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Water conservation can save your planet Some quick facts about the conservation of water
Why conserve water? - Water conservation is a big thing, but every little bit helps, so don't think that what you do doesn't matter

How to Conserve Water
The conservation of water starts from our homes and workplaces. It only takes some common sense measures to save a considerable amount of water. The following are some effective measures to conserve water around our houses:
Easy Ways to Conserve Water A handful of easy steps can save water for future generations

25 ways to conserve water in the home and yard - Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant

Water Conservation Tips Some interactive tips for saving water

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Tips to conserve water Beneficial tips on how to preserve water

In the Kitchen

  • Washing dishes by hands may not sound too appealing, but it saves a lot of water as compared to using a dishwasher. Don't leave the faucet running while rinsing the dishes. Also if you use just the necessary amount of detergent, it will save water because less rinsing would be required
  • Many people defrost food by leaving it under running water. This is a big waste of water. Remove the food from the freezer in advance and then place in a container filled with water or use the microwave oven
  • After cooking foods like pasta or steamed vegetables, don't throw away the water because it can be used to water plants
  • Instead of using a garbage disposal in the kitchen, make a compost pile because these disposals use a lot of water
  • Make sure that the aerator on your faucet is giving the best possible flow rate. This can be a very effective tool for water conservation
  • Washing produce (vegetables and fruits) is another chore where water is wasted. Rinse them in a container filled with water instead of under a running faucet

Saving water in the home Running water is an incredibly valuable resource with an almost endless list of applications and uses in and around the home
Saving water is simple There are many simple things we can do to save water
Guide to water conservation - Let water saving expert Soaks give you advice and tips on how to save water around the home and in the garden

In the Bathroom

Bathrooms are where most of the water is used so being careful here can help save considerable quantity of water.

  • Use ultra-low flush toilets because they use 1.5 gallons of water per flush compared to the older models that use three to five gallons
  • Take quick showers instead of baths because a traditional bath tub uses 80 liters of water whereas a shower uses much less water. When taking a shower, collect cold water in a bucket and use it to water plants instead of letting it go down the drain. This can save over 200 gallons a month
  • Install a low-flow showerhead because it uses about 2.5 gallons water per minute, which is half the quantity used by traditional showerheads
  • Don't leave the tap running when brushing your teeth or washing your face and the same goes for using shampoo and soap under the shower or shaving

Water conservation Solutions Learn the most effective ways to conserve water as part of your going green strategy
Ideas for conserving water - Some simple but effective water conservation ideas you can put into action at home

Outside the house

  • Swimming pools are generally left uncovered, which causes a lot of water to be evaporated. Simply covering the pools can save this water and also less cleaning will be required
  • Water the lawn when it is not windy outside because it helps reduce evaporation. Also plants don't need watering on cooler days. Turn automatic sprinklers off during rainy days
  • Direct the water drain from the air conditioner into the lawn
  • Plant flowers and trees that do not need a lot of water
  • An often overlooked activity is the disposal of hazardous waste. Properly dispose of things like motor oil because as little as one quart can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water, making it unusable

Mind your water 40+ ways to save and preserve valuable water and play a vital role in rescuing the earth's cherished resources
6 easy water preservation steps View a six point plan to avert a Global Fresh Water Crisis
Steps for conserving water - Helpful steps for protecting and conserving our precious water
Conserving water to conserve the earth Click the link to see how saving water is good for the earth, your family and your community
Protect and preserve ground water - Click the link to view simple but amazing top 10 ways to protect and conserve groundwater
Top Ten Ways to conserve and Protect Water Resources - You can help protect and preserve water sources by following 10 simple actions at home and places of worship, schools, and other institutions

Top Water Conservation Tips

  • Leaky faucets are the biggest culprits and cause massive amounts of water wastage so fix leaky faucets at once, or any leak for that matter
  • Use a bucket to wash the car instead of using a hose. It can save up to 150 gallons in just one wash
  • Your lawn does not need to be watered daily. One way to check if it needs watering is to step on the grass, if it springs back up, don't water it. Also, don't water it for more than 30 minutes, and it is best to use a hose instead of automatic sprinklers. A garden hose uses about 1100 liters of water per hour
  • Keep the grass relatively taller because it traps the moisture and reduces the need for watering
  • Take short showers because reducing a shower by only a couple of minutes can save about 700 gallons a month
  • When using the washing machine or dishwasher, make sure you are running a full load. This can save about 55 gallons per washing machine load
  • Don't hose off the driveway or sidewalk, use a broom instead to clean it

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