In a country like Canada, where there are over two million lakes, not many give water conservation a second thought. We are fortunate to have an abundant supply of freshwater, but the truth is, water is a limited resource in many other parts of the world. Only about 1% of the water on earth is good for consumption. The rest is either saltwater in the seas and oceans, frozen sheets of ice across the polar regions or contaminated water that is not fit for human consumption.
In many other parts of the world, water is limited or inaccessible. It is important to consider the global impact of water and regulate use. While oil and gold are priced high, ruling world economies, the fact is that the human race can survive without both but we can’t live long without water. Water is the most precious, priceless resource. It’s time we did everything in our power to curb wastage in our daily lives.
Numerous Uses of Water
Did you know that we use billions of litres of water every single day? The USA alone uses about 1,343,821 litres of water every day. An average North American family uses about 1,136 litres of water for domestic use, 24% of which is for flushing the toilet, 12% is from pipe leaks and 8% is used for miscellaneous purposes.
An average person flushes the toilet five times a day. Each time you flush, about seven to eight gallons of water are used. Nearly 600 litres of water is used by North Americans per day, per person. Australia and Italy follow next with about 400 litres of water used person on average. In sharp contrast, developing nations in Africa, such as Uganda and Ethiopia, use only two to 15 litres of water per day, per person. The disparity is enough to make us revisit our water use in Canada and take responsibility to reduce usage.
Ways to Conserve Water
Depleting water supply is a serious global problem. As the world becomes increasingly environmentally conscious to control this, it’s time we looked at our own water usage and did everything possible to bring it down. Small steps can make a big difference.
The first question we need to ask ourselves is how our water usage is impacting other countries. While the nation does its bit to conserve rainwater in watersheds for drinking, mining and irrigation purposes to replace and replenish water supply on a larger level, we must look into our homes and habits to conserve water in different ways. There are several ways to do so:
- Monitor water usage and reduce over-usage
- Take shorter showers
- Don’t keep the faucet running while washing up
- Look out for leaking pipes and get them fixed to avoid water wastage
- Upgrade toilets to new high-efficiency models that need only 1.2 gallons of water per flush
- Reduce time to water your lawn, clean your car, use the washing machine and dishwasher
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