Water is the source of life but we are using it very unsustainably. If we don’t start to use it more responsibly, we are facing an uncertain future because the data about the current water use are very alarming. On a global level, we are estimated to use about 25 percent of the total water in circulation and more than 50 percent of run-off. And with the global population rapidly growing, it is crucial to start to use it more sustainably immediately.
Sustainable living foresees more responsible water use through simple measures which, however, make a big difference such as:
- Increasing efficiency of household appliances.
One of the easiest ways to make water use more sustainable is to increase efficiency of households appliances such as toilets, showers, dishwashers and washing machines. How? You can start by installing a low flush toilet or even better, a rainwater flushing toilet system.
Showers are the second largest water consumer in a household which, however, has a very simple and inexpensive solution – high-performance shower heads which reduce water use up to six times. As much as dishwashers and washing machines are concerned, choosing those that use less water is not enough if not operated efficiently. Therefore, always run your dishwasher and washing machine when full.
- Collection of rainwater for watering plants.
Rainwater tank dramatically reduces (or eliminates) the need to use drinking water to water your plants, garden and lawn. In addition to installing a rainwater tank, you are also recommended to choose your garden plants carefully. Ideally, you should focus on plants that grow well in your region because you won’t only reduce water consumption but you will also have a more beautiful garden with less effort and with lower water bills.
- Fixing leaks.
A dripping tap that is leaking one drop per second wastes 5 gallons per day and as much as 2,000 gallons of water per year. In addition to taking measures to make water use more efficient, it is therefore crucial to check your home for water leaks and have them repaired immediately.
- Increasing awareness about the need for more responsible water use.
Our planet has an abundance of water. However, saline ocean water accounts for as much as 97 percent of total Earth’s waters. In addition, many of the 3 percent of fresh water are heavy polluted and unsuitable for use. In order to make water use more sustainable in the long term, it is therefore of key importance to raise people’s awareness about the need for more responsible water use.