We are surrounded by water. It covers over 70 percent of our earth’s surface and makes up approximately 60 percent of the human body.We remember how the world around us faces water scarcity. This is in most countries including India.
What is less well-known is that saving water doesn’t just help conserve limited water supplies, but can also tackle climate change too.
Many reports conducted by government has concluded many states can expect less precipitation, hotter temperatures, and drier soils in the future, meaning that by 2060, there could be as much as a 35 percent increase in water demand. Along with that comes a 25 to 50 percent increased risk of water shortages. This means that whatever happens to the weather in the coming month, we can all expect a hotter and drier than normal summer in years to come.
The onus is on all of us to take small steps in our homes and our routines to save water. With the ongoing pandemic, everyone has been advised to wash their hands regularly and as much as they can; so when you think of safety, also try and think of conservation.
One of the first and foremost things you can do to conserve water is to close the tap while scrubbing your hands. Follow these simple steps to help conserve this precious resource.
Take a bucket bath
It's back to basics, so why not try an old fashioned ‘balti bath?’ A shower uses more water then bathing with a bucket and a mug. It’s a good practise to take a bucket bath as it saves a lot of water in comparison to a shower or a bathtub.
Clean fruit and vegetables in a pan
Rinsing fruit and vegetables is routine kitchen work, but instead of washing it under a running faucet, you should clean the fruit and vegetables in a pan of water. By doing this, you can also reuse the water for watering plants.
Replace your plumbing fixtures
With growing consumer needs, there has been a demand for innovation in plumbing fixtures. These fixtures are not only aesthetically appealing and technologically advanced but are also designed to save water and energy. Upgrading to these newer shower heads, faucets and pipes can lower monthly bills and help in water conservation.
Smart Laundry Solutions
Washing clothes accounts for a lot of indoor water usage. Energy efficient washing machines along with responsible laundry habits can contribute significantly to the environment.
a) Running full loads: Running washing machines with a small pile of dirty laundry can cause a lot of wastage of water. Wait to load a wash until you have a full load.
b) Upgrade to a 5-star rated efficient Washing Machine: Opting for an energy efficient washing machine means less energy and water goes into waste. These new range of technologically equipped and user-friendly washing machines also help you save on electricity bills.
Stop the overflow
Water spilling out of the overhead tanks is a common site. Almost all Indian homes and commercial premises have these tanks for water storage. To address the problem of overflowing of water tanks, you can either install a float valve, overflow alarm or an automatic water level controller. By this you can save hundreds of litres of water daily.
Don’t wash the veranda or backyard with a pipe
Clean your verandas, balconies and backyards using broom to remove the dry matter. For additional cleaning of sticky stains and dirt, use a mop instead of running a water pipe.
Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator
Instead of thawing food by soaking it in water, try using the defrost option of your refrigerator. Plan your meals well in advance because defrosting is a little time consuming then the alternate way of thawing food. But by following this method you can save plenty of water.
Use a bucket to wash your car
Running water pipes to wash your car is a lot of wastage of water. Use a bucket or damp cloth to clean your car and do your bit in water conservation.
This method of conserving water reduces a lot of water usage. A few systems in India present greywater solutions for both residential and commercial facilities. Reduce fresh water demand and save water using the greywater treatment.