According to the BBC, “Average water consumption in the UK is 150 litres a day per person, and in the South East 130 litres a day.” And because of the increasing drought in the UK, customers were urged to cut down their consumption to 100 litres.
Let’s face it: climate change is a thing and shouldn’t be denied; it is a world-wide problem and is increasingly alarming.
With climate change comes drought, and it creeps rapidly on a global scale. It has depleted a lot of water supplies for communities, it has brought about heat-related health problems, and it has devastated a whole lot more. A lot of critical essays have tackled this issue; drought brings a chain of effects to humans and the environment itself. And so, how can we help prevent this – if not, minimize it at some point? All is in the palm of our hands and with simple acts of conservation, we might have a chance against drought.
Rinsing your fruits and veggies in a bowl of water
Instead of rinsing fresh produces with a running tap at home, you could just put it in a bowl and rinse it right there. Not only does it help conserve water consumption, but also, you can reuse it to water plants.
Reuse cooking water
Most of the time, the water you use to boil or steam your food ends up down the drain. It’s such a waste of an ingredient, why throw it away when it’s still good for consumption? The next time you think of throwing away your cooking water, use it as an ingredient for a vegetable stock or soup.
Minimize bath water consumption
About 17 percent of indoor water consumption is used for bath times and this is actually the third-largest water consumption in an average household. If you can’t skip a shower for, at least once a week, then it’s best to spend less time and less water when taking a bath and install a low-flow shower.
If there’s an alternative, don’t use water
It’s a complete waste if you decide to use the toilet flush for throwing away your tissues – which is a no-brainer move to clog your drainage – or some poor bug you happen to be terrified of. Reflect on how you use water at home, if there’s an alternative, like moving cold meats from the refrigerator’s freezer to defrost it, then why not use that alternative instead of wasting water?
Check for any leaks or drips
Always check for leakages or continuous dripping from your taps, hoses, sprinklers, or pipes. It doesn’t matter if it’s small; cover it if there’s leakage – electrical tape of duct tape can do the trick – to prevent further wasting your water.
Use the same eating utensils if possible
This is a good choice to conserve water; instead of bringing out eating utensils from your drawer every time you eat, use the same spoon and fork, plates, or glasses if possible to avoid washing so many dishes. It saves a lot of running water washing few utensils.
Educate others on the importance of water consumption
Out of all these tips, this, by far, is the most powerful and effective way to conserve water. Educate your kids about water consumption; in that way, they may know the repercussions of wasting water – which is blatantly evident today.
As Nelson Mandela says, “education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.” No small act of kindness is small; be an inspiration to prevent further global drought.
David Webster is an Australian essayist and writer currently residing at Illinois, Chicago. He is experienced in both freelance writing and blogging and currently serves as webmaster and contributor for essaycorner.