Things You Must Know About World Water Day
Water. There is so much that we can imagine with just one word, one natural resource. Bathing, cooking, cleaning, and even existing, everything requires water. What an incredible natural resource and yet how ill-treated it is. This is majorly because it is found in abundant. Well, it is only a matter of time that water will become a luxury. We are already facing a crisis and if we do not stop now, the consequences will be catastrophic. And probably this is the reason why World Water Day is celebrated each year. To bring awareness to people regarding the importance of this natural resource and how diligently we must use it and preserve it. Here is all that you should know about this day:
Origin of World Water Day
World Water Day is being commemorated every year on March 22 ever since 1993. Its major aim is to spread awareness regarding the 2.2 billion people living without access to clean water. Another major aim of this day is the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6, i.e., water and sanitation for all by the year 2030.
History of World Water Day
When the UN Conference on Environment and Development took place in Rio de Janeiro in the year 1992, the General Assembly espoused a resolution which declared March 22 as World Day for Water. Thus, the first ever world water day was commemorated in the year 1993.
Tips to Save Water
March 22nd is a great way to bring in some necessary changes in your lifestyle that will help you save water and make this planet a better place to live in. Water is one of the most precious gifts and resources which has no substitutes. Thus, it is our responsibility to conserve this natural resource and use it prudently. There are a quite a few ways in which you can save water on a daily basis. Let us have a look:
Use a bucket instead of a shower while bathing. This will help you keep track of how much water you have used and will help you consume you lesser and thus save more.
Store rainwater, purify and use it. Rainwater can be used for a myriad of purposes. You can water your plants with it. It can also be used to wash your car, utensil, or even mopping. This will help you make the most of rainwater. Also, if purified well, rainwater can be used for drinking or cooking.
Do not keep the tap turned on while brushing teeth, washing hands, or shaving. People usually keep the tap on while they are brushing their teeth, applying soap on their hands, or applying shaving cream on the face. This can result in a lot of wastage. Thus, it is important to turn the tap off whenever it is not being used. Rather, you can use a cup of water to brush your teeth or other such activities. This will help you consume lesser water.
Wash vegetables in a bowl of water. Rather than keeping the faucet on, you can wash your veggies in a bowl which will help you use the same amount of water thoroughly. If needed, you can refill the bowl. Anyways, this is bound to save you a lot of water.
Wash only full loads in your washing machine. Washing clothes can take up a lot of water, especially in washing machines. And while we understand that it brings you convenience, you should take a few steps to reduce water consumption. Tossing a couple of clothes in the machine and rinsing them will consume the same amount of water as a fully-loaded machine would. Thus, it is only prudent that you wait for the machine to get filled to wash your clothes. You can schedule your washes on a weekly basis and it will make things quite convenient for you as well.
This also goes for your dishwashers. A dishwasher uses around 25 gallons of water on every wash. Thus, accumulating some dirty dishes would be a prudent decision before using your dishwasher. Also, if you do not consume so many utensils, washing them manually is a also a great way to save water.
Check for leaks in your house. A leaking faucet, shower head, or toilet can waste a lot of water overtime. Even a small drip can waste around 50 gallons of water in a day. Thus, it is extremely important to check for leaks regularly in your home and fix them. Moreover, ensuring that there is no leakage, can help you keep your bathroom clean and dry and even avoid the risk to mold or moss.
Other than this, as a responsible individual, you should ensure that water in not misused or wasted in your surroundings. If you do your part and tell others about how important it is to save water, you will be able to bring in a lot of change.