Monday, October 12, 2009

Waste Not Want Not.

Individuals, communities, businesses, and government all have a role in efficient water-use practices. It will help to minimize the future water use and the associated environmental, social, and economic impacts. We are facing a water shortage which is a growing concern in the country. This year, the country faced an unpredictable monsoon. It delivered very less rainfall when it was needed by farmers to save their crops. It has led to an immense economic stress as the agricultural output is low and there is scarcity of drinking water.

Some villages in Rajasthan, Haryana and Andhra have a sever shortage of drinking water. The water people get is just too dirty to use & the locals have to stand in lines for hours to get a bucket or bottle full of fresh water. This is not just the situation in India; many developing countries are faced with the same problem.

We can do our bit to conserve water by inculcating water saving attitude in our daily routines. Several opportunities arise each day for us to save water in and around the home .Here are some possible ways to trim down the water wastage the typical urban Indian household:

- First things first, by closing the tap carefully. Sometimes due to carelessness we leave the tap running even after our work. The amount of water & energy (as the water has to be pumped using Electric Energy) wasted everyday due to this kind of negligence is tremendous. Many people leave the water running while brushing their teeth, washing dishes, shaving, shampooing or soaping up. Please turn the taps off after you have wetted your brush.

- Before leaving the utensils for clean in the kitchen sink, sprinkle some water so that these are soaked for sometime before scrubbing. It’ll consume less water while cleaning the utensils. Also by cutting down on the usage of utensils to wash. Keep one glass for your drinking water each day or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.

- Water that’s used for floor cleaning & can be reused in gardens, instead of flushing it down the drain. It can also be reused to water houseplants by washing fruits and vegetables in a pan instead of keeping it under running water.

- By replacing older flush systems with modern dual flush of a smaller volume (which uses 3-6 liters of water as compared to 9 liters in older flushes).

- By fixing leaks, and using appliances wisely.
- The traditional ways of water use saves water to a large extent. For instance, use a bucket instead of shower/bathtub for bathing in summer season. & many more ways...

Sounds wacky? It’s called acting conscientiously to stop water wastage… Some people are just not taught to curtail their water use. Parents are also responsible to instill water saving habits among children.

Effective and efficient use of our resources in everyone’s responsibility. What we presently throw away may be one source of our water sustainability in the future.