Most Americans do not worry about how much water they use. But life depends on having enough clean, fresh water and this valuable resource is becoming scarcer every year.
According to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, at least 40 states may experience water shortages by 2024. So we should all do our part to learn about the importance of conserving water and what we can do to help.
Why is water scarce?
Water is a renewable resource, but that does not mean that fresh water will always be available when we need it. It takes time before the water cycle is complete and transport of fresh water can be difficult. This means that in some places serious consequences can arise before the situation can be remedied.
Why would you care about water conservation?
Water is not only used for things like watering plants, showering and washing dishes. Large amounts of water are also required to produce, among other things, energy, electricity, fuel and meat and dairy products. Lack of clean water can affect food supply, transport and cause disease or death to animals, humans and the environment. According to The Guardian, thousands of children die each year from preventable diseases due to lack of access to clean water. Water pollution can also disrupt and destroy important ecosystems and has been linked to diseases such as cancer.
What are some ways to save water?
Since water is connected to almost everything we do, there are many different ways to start reducing your water consumption in all parts of your home.
Kitchen: Install a water efficient dishwasher and run it only when full. If you wash the dishes by hand, fill the sink instead of running water.
Bathroom: Replace your shower head with a water-efficient version. Take shorter showers or shower every other day. Bathing also uses much less water than a shower. Check your toilet for leaks and do not flush every time you use it. Collect the water from your shower in a bucket and use it to water plants.
Outdoors: Use sustainable landscaping so that your garden does not require intensive watering. Water during the colder times of the day, and consider letting your lawn go without water during the hottest months. Install a sprinkler system so that watering is limited and on a timer.
Ensuring that this necessary resource is available to all depends on everyone doing their part.
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