Water is a need, a want and a basic human right. Yet this basic resource of clean water is not available equally around the world. This grave inequality claims lives every single day, and the problem is getting bigger. If we all knew the ways to conserve water, more of this precious resource would be saved.
If we want to sustain life on earth, then we need to stop wasting water. Planet earth might be called a blue planet, but only 3% of the water is clean drinking water. That’s not a lot given the ever increasing human population.
We need to conserve water as best as we can. Below are some of my suggestions to reduce our water use.
Here are some simple ways to conserve water.
1 Doing the dishes
2 When cooking
Eco tip: Conjee
Did you know drinking boiled rice water is good for you? It’s called conjee and traditionally South & South East Asians have it for breakfast.
3 While doing laundry
4 In the bathroom
Eco statistic: Leaky loos
Leaky loo wastes between 200 and 400 litres of water per day – that’s a jaw dropping 72,000 to 146,000 litres of water wasted every year – from just one leaking toilet – water wise
5 While gardening
Eco tip: Water saving devices
Water companies send out water saving devices for free. Check your local water company’s website on water saving devices to see what’s on offer.
6 Your wardrobe
You probably don’t associate water with your clothes. But to produce any kind of textile, water is super important. From growing fibers to manufacturing and even to recycling -water is necessary. So, here are some of the ways to conserve water with your wardrobe.
When you compare inorganic cotton vs. organic cotton, Organic cotton reduces water consumption by 92%. This is because of how Organic cotton is farmed, irrigated and manufactured. This is one of the biggest reasons why I choose to work with Organic cotton for things I make.
7 The big water companies
Around 3 billion litres of water is wasted by the water companies every single day because of leaky pipes. Even with the government issuing fines, this problem is actually getting worse every year. The reasons for this are so complex and beyond my understanding of why the water companies aren’t able to fix all the leaky pipes.
So, if you spot a water leak, write / tweet / call your water company immediately. Don’t leave it to someone else to do it.
If it happens repeatedly at the same spot, escalate the issue. Complain till it gets sorted.