We need a new relationship with water. According to the food and agriculture organizations, less than 5% of countries are living with more water today then they had 20 years ago. Nearly 1 out of 3 countries are facing a water crisis.
Available freshwater is becoming more and more scarce. Meanwhile, the global population is increasing exponentially. Before you freak out and declare a state of emergency. There are some very real and very cool ways to manage our new normal.
Citizens, communities as well as companies need to address water scarcities and work towards water conservation. As a citizen, there is a myriad of things you can do to reduce your water consumption. You might not realize but we use a lot of water every day. The average person in the US uses 80-100 gallons of water every day. (That’s about 370 liters of water per day) That’s a lot of water if you consider that in water-poor countries the average person uses 80-100 liters per day. If they can thrive on a third of what we use we can easily change our relationship with water.
What are some easy ways that you can reduce your water usage?
- Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth
This is one of the simplest ways to save water. Just by turning off the tap while you brush you save u to 6 liters per minute. That’s a lot of money and water saved for the water you weren’t even using!Take shorter showers
The shower can be a great place to unwind after a long stressful day. But, the average shower uses up to 45 liters of water per minute. By shortening your showers, installing the aerated showerhead and/ or a regulated shower head you can drastically improve your water bill!
- Get a rainwater collector
This can is as simple as leaving a bucket outside when it rains. Instead of reaching for the hose collect rainwater. Rainwater can be used to water your plants, wash a muddy dog, shoes, and ever your car! All done with free water provided by mother earth.
- Place a plastic container in your toilet
I know this sounds weird but currently, the average toilet uses 5-6 liters of water per flush. By placing a plastic container in your toilet and filling it with toilet water. You save that much water per flush! That way you can decrease your water consumption and water bill without ever investing in a new toilet!
- Stop using Chloride Bleach
Now we all enjoy bacteria-free countertops and surfaces. But Chloride Bleach can be a very difficult chemical to remove from water. Civil engineers often struggle removing chlorine from water and this can harmful for our environment later on. Instead, opt for cleaners with hydrogen peroxide or other chemicals.
- Invest in water-efficient goods and services
Shameless promotion here. Don’t invest in products and companies that wastewater. The industry (excluding the agriculture industry) are the highest consumers and abusers of water. That means you can live a water-efficient life but if companies abuse water in a few years there still might be a huge water shortage problem. What can you do about this? If you don’t buy from companies that aren’t sustainable they’ll get the message. Place your money in companies that care about our planet and water consumption. Companies that will use water efficiently and effectively. Investing in water-efficient products and companies will make a huge change in the way our economy sees water.