There are roughly 2.5 billion people in the world that do no have access to clean water.
According the the World Health Organisation “Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Contaminated drinking water is estimated to cause 502,000 diarrhoeal deaths each year.”
Did you know that we are going to hit a fresh water shortage? No neither did I until I watched the The World’s Water Crisis episode in Explained on Netflix. Although the world is 70% water only 2.5% of that water is fresh water. The rest is either saline or ocean based water. 2.5% doesn’t seem like a lot does it and yet it’s even less than that based on the fact that only about 1% is accessible.
Here are some ways you can save water:
1 – turn the tap off whilst brushing your pearly whites. Perhaps you do this already but I did not realise that I always brush my teeth with the tap on and I actually, bizarrely found it really hard to get used to the sound of silence when brushing my teeth. Genuinely it was like I was dependent on the sound of water streaming out the tap!
2 – take shorter showers and/or switch the shower off whilst soaping up!
3 – this might be a bit out there but save a flush and pee whilst you’re having your morning or evening shower. This is according to Go with the Flow campaign.
4 – when boiling the kettle for perhaps a cuppa tea for one, only boil as much water as you need for that one cup.
5 – if you have a garden get a water butt. Then you won’t need to use a hose or at least use it less. The water butt can be used for plants, washing the car or bike!
6 – when doing the washing, do a full load.
7 – eat less hamburgers. A hamburger takes about 2,400 litres of water. That is just one hamburger! Actually having a vegetarian diet in general could save 36% of your food related water footprint – according to friends of the earth.
8 – same as 6 but with the dishwasher. Fill up the whole dishwasher and you will use less water than washing up.
I think all of the above are possible and we can all do our bit. There will be an estimated 8.1 billion people in the world by 2025 according to the UN that’s a lot of people for very few resources.