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Posted by Royal Sundaram on 10 Mar 2014
Earth is the only planet known to have water; the reason that it can support life. Water is essential for agriculture, maintaining organic life and even for industrial production. Although India has abundant water sources, this precious commodity is running scarce owing to its rapidly growing population and our reckless and unsustainable lifestyles. Can we help the situation before we face a severe water crisis? Yes, we can. The domestic use of water, being one of the three major reasons of water consumption, can be done with greater responsibility.
Conservation Begins At Home
Water conservation is possible if every individual takes the initiative to save water at home. Here are a few things that you can do easily to conserve water:
- If there is water left in your glass after you have finished drinking all you want, don’t throw it. You can give it to your pet, leave it for birds or even water your plants with it.
- Never leave a tap running, whether it is while brushing your teeth, washing your face or cleaning utensils.
- Get leaking taps or pipes fixed immediately.
- Avoid using running water to thaw food. Put the frozen food in a microwave that has a “thaw” mode. You can also plan ahead and leave the food outside for a few hours to thaw naturally.
- Steam your vegetables instead of boiling, as this consumes less water. Moreover, avoid cooking in a very large pan.
- Reuse the water from rinsing fruit and vegetables to water the plants in your home.
- Use water-saving models of appliances, like washing machine, toilets or dishwashers.
- Run your washing machine or dishwasher only when they are full.
- A bucket bath typically consumes less water than having a shower.
- Reward your children for following water-saving methods.
Rain Water Harvesting
The concept of rain water harvesting emerged during the third century BC. The idea involves collecting rain water falling on the roof top and transporting it through a pipe to underground water tanks for future use. You can also do this in your community and use this water for domestic purposes, including use in toilets and for watering plants. This will not only conserve water and reduce your water bills, but also converse the energy used for pumping water. Rain water harvesting helps make efficient use of natural resource and also reduces soil erosion.
Although 70% of the Earth is covered with water, it takes a lot of energy to make it usable for domestic and industrial use. Water conservation is an urgent need; and conserving water today could prevent water scarcity or even a water crisis in the future.
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