While more than 70 percent of the Earth is water-covered, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. Out of this 2.5 percent, only 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible!
In spite of campaigns, brochures on how to save water, talks and what not, potable water still goes wasted. Imagine a situation where you wake up one morning to realize that all the fresh water on Earth is no longer available, what would you do?
We are all aware of the term “groundwater table”. A boom in population and real estate has depleted groundwater table. In major cities, most of the groundwater is non-existent! In the city where I live, due to a shortage of water, borewells were dug. With no limit on the number of borewells, the groundwater level started depleting at an alarming rate. New rules were passed – Every household was directed to construct a rainwater harvesting pit and there was a restriction on digging borewells.
Another method of harvesting rainwater is to store them in a tank for future use. Water outlets from terraces are connected to a tank through pipes and a filter. When it rains, the water flows through these pipes into the tank. You can either use this collected rainwater to water plants in your garden or direct it to your sump. That way, you will always have a surplus amount of water. Since there is a filter, you do not have to worry about dry leaves or any other dirt accumulating in your tank.
What about saving drinking water?
I have observed that sometimes people do not drink water in restaurants. The first thing the waiter does when you sit at the table is to serve you water. If you prefer bottled water, say so. I usually do not drink water at restaurants so I make it a point to tell the waiter not to keep glasses of water on my table.
Fill your glass as needed. While at home, if you leave your glass half empty, do not throw away the remaining water. Cover it with a coaster or a plate and use it later. At a restaurant, do not ask for a water refill if you do not need it. Or, if you want to drink half a glass of water, ask the waiter to half-fill your glass.
Collect the wastewater in a bucket and reuse. If the wastewater is from your water purifier (the unpurified water that flows through the purifier outlet), collect it in a bucket. You can use this water to wash clothes or to mop the floor. You can also direct the wastewater outlet from your sink or washing machine to your garden.
We use almost all of the above-mentioned water conservation methods at home. From redirecting wastewater from sink and washing machine to our garden to rainwater harvesting. What methods do you follow to conserve water?
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