World Water Day, an annual event is celebrated on March 22nd. This year the U.N. has set the theme as “Nature For Water” i.e. examining natural and eco-friendly solutions for current water issues. Wondering how you can also be a part of this revolutionary global change?
Here are ten easy and cost-free ways in which you can contribute to saving water at home:
In the garden
Avoid watering your plants between 8 AM to 5 PM. The logic is that the brighter the sun, more the water evaporation and less water absorption by the plant. Like this, you end up watering the plants more often. Water the plants in short intervals or bursts. Don’t give it all at once. The idea is to allow the water to seep in and not leave it floating on the surface to evaporate. To make the water last in the plants for a considerable time, a layer of decaying leaves or compost should be put around the plants.
Go for succulents (plants with thick and fleshy leaves) like aloe vera, cactus, bryophyllum (pathar chatt plant), etc. They need very less water. You just have to water them once in 3 to 4 days in summer and once a week or less in winter.
In the kitchen
Regulate your meat intake. A lot of water is used up while washing the meat before cooking.
Wash your fruits and vegetables in a bowl/ pan of water instead of under a running tap. This can save up to 20 liters of water.
Preserve the water used while steaming vegetables, rice, and soaking lentils. The leftover water can be used to water the plants.
In the toilet/ wash area
Repair all dripping or leaking taps of the house immediately. On an average, a single leaky tap can lead to a loss of about 21 to 36 liters of water per day! No wonder every drop counts, literally.
Washing machines and dishwashers are designed to use a stipulated minimum amount of water no matter how less the load might be. Save up to 5 to 10 liters of water by using them only when there is full or ample load to be washed.
You can save 800 liters of water per month. The simple act of turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can achieve this feat.
Every time you pull the flush you use up 6 to 12 liters of water. Don’t use the flush for draining out solid trash like cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, etc.
The earth’s surface may be covered with 70% of water but only 1% of it is accessible and usable. In such a scenario, every drop counts and every step counts. Do adopt these simple steps and do your bit to save water.