Water conservation has become paramount in the world today as more and more areas continue to struggle with drought due to climatic conditions, coupled with heavy pollution of raw water sources by unorthodox practices.
I always say that climate change is a phenomenon we can no longer gloss over, as its effects have become increasingly evident worldwide.
It has been established by researchers that, Africa would be the worst stricken continent in the world from the impacts of climate change. According to the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel Report on climate change, it is due to the geographical positioning of our continent and its limited adaptive capacity, exacerbated by widespread poverty and the existing low levels of development.
Reports such as this, should give us reason to reconsider the way we protect our environment, of which our water bodies are a part of.
Currently, we may not be living in a drought-stricken region, however, cutting back on water use as individuals means contributing our quota to saving the environment.
Apart from being concerned about the environment, this article is mainly meant to promote water conservation at the home front as well as help water users to lower their utility bills.
There are lots of ways to conserve water in and around the home and although you may not be able to practice everything written here, small changes can save hundreds of gallons of water each year as well as helping to reduce your water bills.
According to National Geographic, water comes out of the average faucet at 2.5 gallons per minute. Don’t let all that water go down the drain while you brush. Turn off the faucet after you wet your brush, and leave it off until it is time to rinse.
Do you need the water to run while you are scrubbing your hands? Save a few gallons of water and turn the faucet off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.
Fixing leaky faucets can mean big water savings. Check your faucets at home. Do any of them drip? One gallon equals 15,140 drips and one litre equals 4,000 drips, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Older shower heads can use as much as 5 gallons of water per minute (3epa.gov). Speed things up in the shower for some serious water savings.
If indeed we believe that little drops of water make a mighty ocean and a journey with a thousand miles begins with one step, then let us make the little changes to make great water savings.