Water and Its Importance
You would think that with almost three quarters of the world covered in water that water scarcity would not be a problem. With 97% of our water being salt water, only about 1% is actually usable by humans. Water is the most important substance in preserving life. As humans, our bodies need water in order to function properly. Plants and animals also need water to live. Nearly one billion people in the developing world do not have access to clean, safe water. It is hard for most of us to imagine what its like to not have this water. While we take water for granted, other people do not have enough. It is very important for us to take action in order to conserve water, since we have a limited supply.
Ways You Can Conserve Water
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks. A small drip can waste more than 20 gallons of water per day.
- Don't use the toilet as a waste basket. Every time you flush a small piece of trash, 5 to 7 gallons of water is wasted.
- Take shorter showers. A four minute shower can use anywhere between 20 and 40 gallons of water.
- Turn the water off once you wet your toothbrush. There is no need to leave the water running while you're brushing your teeth.
- Water your lawn only when it needs it. If the grass springs back up after stepping on it, it doesn't need more watering.
- Only run the dishwasher when it is full. Don't waste water on small loads.
- If you have a pool or hot tub, cover it. It prevents the water from evaporating and you having to refill it.
- Wash your dark clothes in cold water. It saves water and energy, as well as helping them maintain their color.
- If you accidentally drop an ice cube, don't throw it in the sick. Put it in a house plant instead and save getting more water.
- Take short showers instead of baths. A full bathtub uses up to 70 gallons of water.