Thousands have lived without love, not one without water”

– W.H.Auden

Water is not just a natural resource but also a human right! In 2010, through Resolution 64/292 UN declared, the right to clean and sanitized water as part of human rights. Even the United Nations theme for the year 2019 is, “Leaving no one behind,” which is also the aim of their 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development. Surprisingly, we may have taken steps way ahead in technology, but in terms of water availability, we are still moving backward. Billions of people don’t even have access to water, be it their homes, workplaces, or farms. And, the most astonishing fact about the unavailability of water is that the root cause of this problem is not only the environmental degradation or climatic conditions but also race, ethnicity, disability along with social and economic status playing an equally important role.

A Few Facts about Water

  • To this day, 2.1 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water.
  • 80% of people are consuming unsafe drinking water in rural areas.
  • Around 700 kids (age: under 5) die every day due to diarrhoea caused by drinking unsanitized water.
  • Approximately, 159 million use surface water as the source to collect drinking water.
  • By the year 2030, about 700 million people could become victims of water scarcity.

Source: UN Fact Sheet

Now that we understand the severity of this problem, we all should ask the same question, what can be done to ensure access to healthy water to everyone.

We all have heard the phrase; big changes start with small steps, so let’s take an oath to make this world a better place for others to live by taking these baby steps.

1. Turn Off Your Taps in Between Activities

You will be surprised to know that an average faucet oozes out 10 litres of water every minute. So, as a responsible human being, save water by turning off taps in between activities like brushing your teeth, washing vessels, to name a few.

2. Install Aerator to your Shower or Faucets

Adding an aerator to your faucets or showers will help you save 80% water as compared to your previous water usage. If an average showerhead sprinkles 15 litres of water every minute, after adding aerator, it will sprinkle only 3 litres of water every minute, saving eighty percent of excess water usage.

3. Reutilization of RO Water

We all are well aware of the fact that our modern water purifiers waste 3 litres of water for every 1 litre they purify. This much loss of water can easily be compensated by either reutilizing the wasted water or using other purification systems like gravity based purifiers or UV+UF water purifiers.

4. Full Load Laundry

It is always a good practice to wait till you have enough laundry gathered to do a full load laundry as washing machines waste too much water in every wash.

5. Fix Dripping Taps, if any

It is a prevalent practice in our household to neglect leaky pipes or dripping taps often because we think that drop by drop loss is no loss at all. But, on the contrary, a single dripping tap/faucet can waste 15 litres of water every day.

6. Use Watering Can for Your Garden

Instead of using water pipes, use watering cans for your gardening needs. Now, this may seem like too much of stress just for the sake of water, but don’t forget everyone is not lucky enough to have access to water as we do.

These are some simple changes that we can make in our lifestyle. Though in the beginning, these may cause a little trouble as we are not accustomed to these practices, taking baby steps towards the water conservation will make you part of a more significant change.


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