12 Simple Ideas To Conserve And Protect Our Water
Saving Water is so important to saving our planet and environment! Conserving water is a vital part of living a green lifestyle. Water is essential to life and all living things on our planet and life would cease to exist without it. We can only survive a few days without water, but can live weeks without food. Most of us take water for granted. Water provides power, the food we eat needs water to grow, we use water to stay clean. We all need to do our part in conserving water.
Global warming is a water concern because a hotter planet needs more water. Heat causes water to evaporate quicker and more of the rainfall and the water in lakes and rivers diminishes faster as it evaporates into the atmosphere, rather than providing and sustaining crops.
Why use water wisely?
- Water is a limited resource. Although 75 percent of the earth is covered by water only 1 percent is usable, the balance is salt water or frozen glaciers. So we must conserve and protect it for our future needs.
- For the environment. All animals and fish need water to live and thrive. Animals eat plants or grass and the plants need water to grow so it is our duty to make sure that we conserve and provide enough to sustain their lives. It is also our lives we are sustaining.
- To save energy. It takes energy to operate water treatment plants and water suppliers. It also takes a lot of energy to supply our homes with water for all our daily needs. Heating our water for bathing, washing our laundry, and all the many other needs that hot water supplies in our daily life. When you ease the burden on waste water treatment plants by conserving water and sending less down the drain., the less work these plants have to do to make water clean again and substantial amounts of energy are preserved.
- To save money. Most families pay for their water and conserving water helps your budget stay on tract.
- To survive. If we do not conserve our water we know that we cannot continue to live, be healthy, and sustain life of any form!
Examining Nature’s Water Cycle:
- Evaporation. The sun heats water in rivers, lakes, and the ocean and turns it into vapor or steam, which then rises into the air.
- Condensation. The vapor cools and turns into tiny water droplets that attach to each other and form clouds.
- Precipitation. Water falls from the clouds as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.
- Runoff. Some water stays on the earth’s surface and flows into rivers, lakes, reservoirs, etc.
- Percolation. Other water seeps down into the earth’s natural underground reservoirs called aquifers.
Then the cycle starts all over again! But we are using more fresh water faster than Nature can replenish it.
Some Useful Ideas to Save Water:
1. Check for water leaks and then fix them promptly. While you’re fixing the leaks, install water-saving devices on your toilets, and install a low-flow shower head.
2. Don’t wash your dishes with the water running constantly – and if using a dishwasher instead of rinsing the dishes try scraping before loading them into the dishwasher.
3. If possible replace your old toilets with the new toilets that have water saving features already built-in that save gallons of water per day.
4. Wash and dry full loads of clothes and dishes.
5. Try to take shorter shower–(especially in the winter the water will tends to dry our your skin, any way).
6. Take your car to a car-wash instead of washing it at home with your hose (try to do it when you already out running errors to save gas and time).
7. Revegetate or mulch disturbed soil from rain or other elements as soon as possible.
8. Never dump anything down a storm drain.
9. Have your septic tank pumped and inspected regularly (once a year if possible).
10. Learn about watershed (which is an area of land where all the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place).
11. Save water by installing Instant Off water saver. The INSTANT-OFF attaches to your faucet and replaces the aerator, shuts off the water when you don’t need it. INSTANT-OFF saves 7,500 – 15,000 gallons of water a year, stops drippy faucets and helps people. It is inexpensive and very easy to install.
12. Save Rain water. Use a rain barrel to collect water or install an extension to a rain gutter downspout to divert rainwater to water your lawn or garden, use it for watering house plants, irrigating your garden, cleaning your cars or even floors. Rain water is naturally soft so it is much healthier for your plants than tap water.
We all have a duty to conserve all our natural resources and water can certainly be considered as one our most valuable resources. Wherever we live we are all part of one planet and we have a choice to preserve or destroy this planet that God gave to us as a gift. I truly believe that conserving water enables us to use our existing supply of water more efficiently and that if we just take a few of these suggestions and live green in every way we can we can make a safer world for our families, the world and all future generations.