Imagine yourself in a tiny village on a tropical island, with no air conditioning, barely any electricity, and buckets of water that are used for washing. It is hard to imagine isn’t it?
As part of living in Thailand in a small village, sometimes the water would run out. It took 2-4 days to get it running again. That means no showers, washing dishes, and flushing toilets. Once we had to use our drinking water to do some washing to eliminate waste that attracted pests.
We also stayed on an island where we used bucket showers and squat toilets. Yep those still exist out there.
That is how people live in some areas of the world.
Water is necessary for survival. However, only 1% of it in the world is usable, 2% is frozen, and the rest is saltwater (Sunnyslope County Water District).
Why Should We Conserve Water?
By conserving it, you can prevent polluting rivers, oceans, and lakes, save you money on utilities, and increase the life of your septic system.
- The average American uses 110-180 gallons every day
- One flush of the toilet uses 6.5 gallons
- A 5 minute shower uses 15-25 gallons
- Americans drink 110 million gallons a day (collectively)
- 800,000 wells are drilled each year for domestic, industrial, farming, and commercial purposes
Not to mention, water is getting harder and harder to find. Our national parks used to have more, rivers are drying up, and farming is drilling deeper and deeper to find it.
How to Reduce Your Water
- Do not use the toilet for waste-like insects (guilty), cigarettes, or tissues
- Install water-saving faucets, shower heads, and toilets
- Take shorter showers
- Use dishwasher and laundry only when full
- Avoid running water unless you absolutely need it
- Check for leaks in pipes
- Water your plants deeply but less frequently
- Collect rainwater to use for gardening instead
- Reuse your towels and sheets when staying in a hotel room
- While waiting for warm/hot water, collect running water for plants or to wash fruits and veggies
- Cook food in little water as possible because it retains more nutrients
By using saving techniques, a household could save up to 125 gallons a day. Think of the money you could save doing simple tasks.
It is possible to save water. Here is a great example from Huffington Post:
Walt Disney World has been able to:
• keep the same aquifer levels for 22 years despite the tremendous growth of properties including hotels, hospitals, shopping areas, and parks.
• develop programs that use 30% of the resort’s overall water needs and 80% of its irrigation needs from reclaimed water.
• use six million gallons of reclaimed water daily for landscaping and cooling tower operations
• recycling of almost all fountains, streams, pools, and ponds
For more ways to reduce usage check out these sites:
The best way is to be aware and help by letting your friends and family know. If you have any ideas or stories of ways that you save water, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you.