Basic water conservation practices at home

Due to several factors, such as population increase, the human race faces a threat of clean water shortage. And so, we are enjoined to observe water conservation practices at home.

The twentieth century has seen a significant rise in human population. Because of this, the need for renewable water resources also increased six-fold. Studies even concluded that this generation produces and discharges more wastewater than any other period in the history of man.


According to statistics, more than one out of six persons, or 1.1 billion people globally, is deprived of clean drinking water, and more than two out of six persons, or 2.6 billion people, do not have access to even the basic sanitation facilities. Also, thousands of children die everyday due to waterborne diseases. It should be noted, though, that these figures represent only those people with very poor conditions.

In other words, the actual data could be much higher. As population and urbanization continue to grow, it is not a remote idea that we might experience shortage of potable water in the next 20 to 40 years.

Given this fact, therefore, would it not be wise to do something to prevent water crisis?  Can you imagine living without clean water? Or, seeing your child die because of water-borne diseases?

We should not have to deal with such a choice.  After all, there is a saying that goes something like, “it is not your fault that you were born poor; but it is your fault if you die without striving to improve your quality of life.”

So, let us make it a habit to conserve water now – and let’s start it at home! Besides, when we save water, we are also cutting on our utility bills.

There are several ways to conserve it, to name a few:

  • In washing your hands, do not leave the water running while you lather.
  • Clean your vegetables in a stoppered sink or a pan of clean water, instead of doing it under running faucet.
  • Collect the water you use for cleaning vegetables and fruits and reuse it to water your houseplants.
  • Keep a pitcher or bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator, instead of running the tap.
  • In order to cut down on the number of drinking glasses to wash, designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle.
  • When you wash your dishes by hand, use the sink instead, rather than let the water run while rinsing.
  • Soak pots and pans before scraping them clean.
  • Instead of using running water to thaw food, defrost it in the refrigerator, instead, in order to maintain water efficiency and for food safety.
  • Train your children to turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and fill a glass for mouth rinsing.  This way, you will be able to save 25 gallons of water per month.
  • Consider washing your face or brushing your teeth while in the shower.  This saves you both water and time.
  • Turn off the water while you shave, and rinse your razor with a few inches of warm water in the sink.  This will save you up to 300 gallons of water a month.
  • Cut your shower time by a minute or two and you will certainly save up to 150 gallons of water per month.
  • Do not throw cigarette butt, facial tissue, or other small bit of trash into the toilet as it would cost you up to 7 gallons of water every time you flush these items.

The list of ways to conserve water can be very long, but even if we just start with these little personal practices, we can already make a difference.  You may even want to share your own version of water conservation practices.

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