India is facing its worst water crisis currently. With a population that is estimated to reach up to 1.7 billion by 2050, water needs are set to rise in the country.
With rising awareness about the criticality of the situation, government has started taking steps to clean up the grossly polluted water bodies and encouraging the citizens to keep it clean. However, this process will take years before we would actually be able to have the rivers clean. Meanwhile, it is up to us to use this precious resource judiciously in order to not run out of it completely.
There are few things that we as individuals can do from our end to contribute towards water conservation.
- Fix the leaks
According to a study conducted by the Delhi committee of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), 40% of the total water supply in India is wasted in leaks. While we might not be able to do much to fix the leaks in the government pipelines, we can surely do our bit by fixing the leaks in our faucets and toilets.
- Time the showers
A shower bath uses up to 8 times more water than a bucket bath. So it would be wise to actually take a bucket bath. However, if you have to use a shower, you can time it to five minutes or under and can save up to 2000 liters of water every month.
- Turn the water off while brushing
This one is old and everyone knows it. However, we do not feel guilty about not following it regularly. An average faucet releases about 7 liters of water every minute. If we turn off the tap while brushing, we can save about 20 liters of water on a daily basis.
- Install Vacuum flush
An average flush causes the use of 10 liters of water every cycle. There has been a campaign in several parts of the world, asking people to urinate in the shower instead of toilet. Even one less flush a day by one person can save about 300 liters of water every month. Apart from this, it is also wise to install a vacuum flush for the toilet as it uses the air to suck up the waste, and requires less water for the flushing action.
- Avoid running water
Running water is the biggest form of water wastage. We can collect the water in a vessel to do all the washing of food required in the kitchen. This water can be reused by watering the plants.
- Reduce the use of foaming detergents
More foam does not mean more clean. Foams are often harmful for the clothes skin, hair as well as the environment. Also, the soaps and detergents that form a large amount of foam, requires thrice the amount of water to remove the foam.
- Use Bio-degradable cleaners
We all use phenol or disinfectant to clean our homes. Use biodegradable disinfectant like vinegar or baking soda to clean the floors so that the water can be reused or would not harm the environment at its disposal.
These steps might seem too insignificant to consider seriously, but the impacts are really significant at a collective level. We must not forget, every drop makes an ocean. And we have always stressed, individuals are the real change makers.
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