Almost 97% of the planet’s water is from the sea, impossible to use for human consumption. A good part of the drinking water that remains is in the polar ice caps and only the little that remains in other bodies of water is what is available to be used by all species. However, it is becoming more and more polluted.
Conserving water is an urgent need, especially since global warming and pollution have become the great enemies of this crusade. These 8 tips to save water may seem very simple. But their long-term impact will be important. Especially if you share them with the people around you.
Tips to save water
Close The Key
Turning off the water tap while brushing your teeth, washing your hands, or soaping the dishes will allow you to save more than 6 liters per minute. Don’t forget to check for leaks and leaks, every drop counts, and in this way, you will avoid calcareous stains on the sink or bathroom tiles. A leak can make you lose up to 60 liters of water per day.
Showering with conscience also represents a considerable saving. Every minute in the shower costs more than 14 liters of water, so turn off the faucet while you use the soap and shampoo and open it only to rinse. You can invest in an efficient high-pressure shower head, which will allow you to shower perfectly but with less water.
Pile Up Your Household Chores
Get used to accumulating dirty clothes and dishes so that you use the washing machine and dishwasher at their maximum capacity. Even when you do these chores by hand, you use less water if you wash a large amount than if you wash little by little. Clean your entire house, including the bathrooms, on the same day, so you can use the leftover water in a single bucket. It is more efficient in terms of the use of water and also of time.
One of the industries that consume the most water is food production, especially the meat industry. To give you an idea, to produce a kilo of beef, about 13,000 liters of water are required, but to produce a kilo of beans, only about 50 liters are required. For this reason, implementing one or two days a week in which you avoid the consumption of animal protein can have a great impact on save water and the emission of greenhouse gases.
Buy Only What Is Necessary
About 7,000 liters of water are invested in the production of a pair of jeans, so every time you throw away clothes that are out of season or that you don’t like, it is as if you were throwing thousands of liters of water on the ground. This applies to all objects that are part of our lives. Modifying our consumption patterns is essential to avoid wasting water. Buy only what you need, do not allow food to spoil in the refrigerator, recycle objects and extend their useful life. Buy your clothes in second-hand stores and give your friends the clothes that you no longer have so that they can use them again.
Importing food and goods implies a considerable expense of resources such as water since its transport from farther distances requires refrigeration and other elements to keep it in good condition. A simple way to get more for your money and take care save water is to buy local, taking advantage of seasonal products and with people who grow food without intermediaries.
Installing a rainwater harvesting system with a storage tank is an efficient way to take advantage of rainwater even in times of drought. In addition, accumulating rainwater has a lot of advantages for your budget. Quality of life in the medium and short term that will surely end up convincing you.
Conscious Garden Care
If you have plants in pots or in a garden you can set a fixed watering schedule in the late afternoon or early morning. When the sun is not so bright. This will protect your plants from accidental burns. In addition to making irrigation more efficient since the water will not evaporate as quickly and will be used better by the plant. In the same way, try to have local plants or plants adapted to the climatic conditions of your region.
Educate And Share
Share this article or the water-saving tips you’ve learned from other sources with your family, friends, and acquaintances. The more people become aware of the importance of using water responsibly, the more likely we are to succeed. Allow these recommendations to become solid habits and normalize them in your family context. The little ones will accept it as part of their lifestyle and will replicate it in their homes in the future. These are the deepest changes, which take longer, but which endure in history.
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