Living things, especially the humans, are made up of over 70%. Living things such as animals and plants need clean water to run all the reactions needed to survive on a daily basis. Many countries around the globe take the availability of water for granted.
Water is a precious resource. Only 3% of the Earth’s water is freshwater. Only 33% of the world’s freshwater is available to cities, farms and ranches for use. Most of the freshwater is stored underground in aquifers. Drought, increasing population and increasing food production have put unprecedented pressure on the water resources we have. Global freshwater reserves are predicted to decrease by 40%.
Water sustainability is a challenge in today’s society. Many of our water sources are nonexistent doe to drought or have been contaminated by industrial and agricultural pollutants. This is a real threat to the environment and impacts our lives on a personal level. We can become more aware of this problem and use sustainable strategies that will preserve our water resources.
Here are 4 ways we can become more sustainable with water:
1. Be mindful of how much water is being wasted inside your home. Leaks in pipes are the greatest source of wasted water in side the home. They also add up financially. BY checking your pipes periodically for leaks and fixing them, you will not only prevent a precious resource from being wasted, but also save your pocketbook from further monetary attack.
2. Know when it is acceptable to irrigate your lawn and landscape. Only water your grass, plants and trees early in the morning or late at night. This prevents water from evaporating into the air instead of filtering through the soil. Also refrain from over irrigating. Use your sprinkler for no more than 3 minutes. Any extra water will saturate the soil and run off into the drainage system.
3. Plant drought resistant plants. Maybe its time to replace your grass with a landscape that features water resistant plants such as succulents. These type of plants store water inside their tissue and do not require massive amounts of water to grow and stay alive such as grass.
4. Look into using grey water for irrigation purposes instead of tap water. Grey water is defined as clean waste water that has already been used within a household. Clean water water includes water from sinks, baths, appliances such as the refrigerator and and washing machines.
All of these strategies everyone can participate in to prevent water from being wasted. We all need to do our part to ensure we have enough freshwater in the future. Being water sustainable now is important for our continued survival.