Save Water – Every Drop Counts!

Water conservation has become essential in our fast-paced life, even though water is all around us. Factors such as irregular rainfall patterns, climate change should make us concerned about the potential disaster of the water crisis and its drastic implications on human well-being.(save water)

Situation getting grimmer in India:

• Around 21% of communicable diseases in India are linked to unsafe water and the lack of cleanliness, as per the World Bank.

• In 2019,  Chennai had almost run out of water amidst the middle of a, particularly hot summer.

• India requires around 300 billion cubic meters every year.

• India has been ranked 13th on the list of “extremely high” water-stressed countries.

As per the CWMI report:

By 2030, the country’s water demand is projected to be twice the available supply

– This scenario could turn out to be one of the severest situations of water scarcity for millions of Indians, eventually costing the GDP about 6%

Water Conservation: A Few Practical Ways:

• Always turn taps off so they do not drip.

• Buy recycled goods

• Use water can to water the plants instead of a hosepipe

• Install a water meter to know the amount of water used on a daily basis

• Farmers should adopt micro-irrigation methods to save water such as drip irrigation to deliver water directly to the plant’s roots

Drought-tolerant crops must be promoted, if possible, like Olives, tepary beans.

Rotational Grazing

• While brushing, turn the water off while you are actually brushing.

• Plant drought-resistant trees

• Check for leaks in pipes or faucets

• When washing or shaving, do not run the tap continuously.

• Use low-flow showerheads

• Reduce water usage by 30-40% by installing low-flush toilets

• For washing clothes, use the shortest cycle possible

• Purchase “eco-friendly” products while shopping.

• Water lawns every 3 to 5 days, rather than for a short period every day.

• Water during the cool part of the day, especially in the morning or evening.

Don’t water on windy days

• Do not over-water the plants in anticipation of a shortage as the soil cannot hold extra water.

• If possible, use shut-off timers/on-off timers

• Don’t turn on sprinklers for the entire day

• Practice rainwater harvesting as it increases the availability of water and checks the declining water table.

• Reducing water demand using methods such as mulching and composting.

In short, our country’s water crisis offers a grim reminder of how climatic variations are rapidly morphing into a climate emergency. Hence, don’t take things for granted as water is a priceless treasure.

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