Facts On Water Issues And Why We Need To Be Careful About Water
Reasons Why We Need To Care About Water Consumption:
- The amount of clean water we consume around the world is expected to rise by 40% by the year 2025.
- 1.4 billion people currently have no access to water, this will increase substantially further as the population of Earth increases.
- By 2025, a third of the globe will face water shortages. This will be further stressed by droughts and rising temperatures which is expected to occur more frequently in the coming years.
- Each year, more than 32 billion cubic metres of water is lost through leaked pipes.
- In some developing countries, as much as 80% of water gets wasted.Even in developed countries, water loss is a big issue, with Britain losing 25 - 30% of clean water. Australia has some of the lowest levels of water loss, only at 7%.
- Leaky taps/faucets are among the many ways in which we lose water. A leaky tap can waste up to 100 gallons of water a day
All these are a cause for concern because not only they do affect others, they will affect you in many ways. You may have to pay higher water bills, or there may be laws to conserve water in your area such as a hosepipe ban. Many people feel they do not need to bother because one person cannot make a difference. Here is where they are wrong:
What Can We Do About Water Issues:
- 14% of household water is lost through leaks in our pipes. Simply repairing them will cut water loss as well as save you money in the long term.
- Just 1 flush of the toilet uses more than 3.5 gallons of water. Replacing the tank can significantly reduce water loss.
- Filling a bath uses 70 gallons of water, so showers are far more efficient and can save many gallons of water.
- Many people think a dish washer uses up more water, but in fact an automatic dish washer can use around 10 gallons, whereas manually washing dishes can use up twice as much water.
- Get into the habit of storing cool water in fridges, turning of the water when brushing or shaving and using a bowl of water to clean food rather than letting water run over it.
- If you water the garden, try doing it during early mornings or late afternoons as there will be less loss through wind and evaporation.
By following the above advice and more, you not only help conserve water and tackle the problem of global warming, but you can drastically reduce your water bill leaving you with more money for other needs.