With the global water crisis demonstrating one of the most noteworthy public health issues the world faces today, we need to find methods of conserving this valuable resource more than ever. The UN predicts that at least 3.4 billion people will be living in regions defined as water-scarce by the year 2025. When water is this scarce, people are forced to consume unclean water.
Here are a few simple things you can do to reduce your water consumption:
Consider the water footprint of your diet
Some of the food we eat requires a lot more water to produce than we might expect. According to the WaterFootprint, it takes approximately 140 litres of water to produce just one cup of coffee, about 1,000 litres to make one litre of milk, and about 16,000 litres to make one pound of beef. Similar principles of decreasing the carbon footprint in your diet (eating organic, eating less meat, etc.) are largely the same principles for reducing the water footprint.
Don’t leave water running unnecessarily
If you are washing your hands or face and you want to get the tap warm, use that initial colder water to brush your teeth, and wash your face once the warmer water starts coming out.
Use your appliances wisely
Use energy efficient appliances wherever possible and ensure you use them to full capacity. Choose economy-friendly settings and don’t use the dishwasher half-full.
Change your toilet to a dual flush system, and don’t flush it unnecessarily
Converting your toilet to a dual flush system is easier than one would automatically assume. It’s a very innovative device and, in one way or another, pays for itself in the amount of water it saves. If you aren’t in a position to convert your toilet, but still want to save water, inserting a water efficient tank that’ll regulate the amount of water you use each time you flush. The device is easy to install, saves substantial amounts of water, and also pays for itself more than twice over in just the first year.
If you accidentally pour too much out or happen to have some leftover in your glass, make use of it. You could pour the remaining water into your dog’s water bowl, use it to water a plant, or add it to your kettle, as boiling water gets rid of any contaminants or impurities the water might have and can still be used or consumed.
There are so many things that we as individuals can do to conserve water as much water as possible. Our combined conservation efforts will not only cut our monthly water bills but will definitely go a long way towards lessening this growing problem. Talisa’s aim is to end the water crisis in our generation by making sure that everyone in South Africa has access to life’s most basic need — clean drinking water. Additionally, Talisa aims to provide an environmentally-friendly solution to the water crisis by offering and providing a range of Atmospheric Water Generators throughout Southern Africa. Producing drinkable water from the air’s humidity using the least amount of energy possible is Talisa’s specialty.