How to Save Water For World Water Day

Today is World Water Day, it’s a perfect opportunity to open the conversation around water waste and of course water preservation.

Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.

Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

This year the United Nations is highlighting Wastewater saying “we focus on wastewater and ways to reduce and reuse as over 80% of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry, and agriculture flows back to nature polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials. We need to improve the collection and treatment of wastewater and safely reuse it. At the same time, we need to reduce the quantity and pollution load of wastewater we produce, to help protect the environment and our water resources.”

 

 

Their Sustainable Development Goal 6 “ensures availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030 – and includes a target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase water recycling and safe reuse.

 Aqua Facts:

  • Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. (Sato et al, 2013)
  • 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause around 842,000 deaths each year. (WHO/UNICEF 2014/WHO 2014)
  • The opportunities for exploiting wastewater as a resource are enormous. Safely managed wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials

 

Ways to save water at home:

Install a low flow shower-head

Turn the tap off when you brush your teeth

Check for leaky faucets

Upgrade your toilet to a low flow

Reduce shower time to 5 mins and shower, don’t bath (okay maybe once a month to relax)

Don’t use the toilet as a garbage can only flush toilet paper

Make sure the load and water matchup

Use cold water as much as you can

Buy Energy Star washer and dryers. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load

Run the dishwasher when its full

Use one glass for drinking each day or use a reusable bottle. This will cut back the number of glasses that need to be washed

Soak pots and pans, don’t let the water run

Boil what you need, for 1 cup of tea, boil 1 cup of water, this will save money

Eat less meat, by cutting down on the amount of meat you eat, you could slash your water use drastically

Buy an energy efficient dishwasher

Steam your veggies

Capture rainwater

For more tips, click here.

 

So today, cherish it, be grateful for it, but most of all PRESERVE IT!

 

5 ways to save water at home

 

 

Candice

Candice Batista is an award winning Environmental Journalist and one of Canada’s leading eco advocates. Her career spans national and international media outlets, where she has used her background in environmental studies and media & communications to produce and report on various environmental and climate issues for primarily television and digital audiences including Huffington Post, The Globe & Mail, The Weather Network, CityTV, Rogers Television, The Pet Network, iChannel, and CTV, where she is currently the National Eco Expert for the stations number 1 daytime talk show, The Marilyn Denis Show.

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