Water conservation is something that we all need to start taking more seriously. When we turn on the sink or shower it’s hard to believe that there is a shortage of water, but the truth is that we need to reduce water consumption in order to preserve our future, and the future for generations to come. Our water supply is vanishing quickly, and we need to do something about it right now.
If right now you are thinking that this does not apply to you because you are only one person and your water usage can’t possible be contributing to those numbers, think again. With a continued rise in population and increased energy use due to new technologies, water use and demand continue to increase even though supplies are limited. As our world heats up and as the pollution continues to increase, demand for water is continues to growing exponentially.
Additionally, diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence (including war). Right now, 663 million people around the world lack access to strong water sources. Believe it or not, it has been reported that about 30,000 deaths occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions. That is 30,000 too many.
Fortunately, if we work together, we can all do something to help.
15 Strategies to Reduce Water Consumption
Here’s how you can help with water conservation:
1. Learn more about the impact of wasting water. If we all gain a better understanding of the dire emergency we’re facing, we may also better understand the importance of reducing inefficiencies. There are tons of websites and books that explain the urgency, and how even one person can make a significant contribution.
2. Reduce water consumption and water waste. Consider what you can do at home to reduce water waste and utilize rainwater. From shutting off the water while brushing your teeth, to taking faster showers, doing an eco-friendly car wash, installing low flow showerheads and/or water timers, lowering water pressure in your home, and even utilizing rain water, there are many ways we can reduce our daily water usage. Start by paying attention to your water consumption habits so you can recognize inefficiencies. There are helpful books and sites that can help teach you how to cut down on your own water use at home, as well as when you are at work or on the road.
3. Remember the outside of your home too. Limit pesticide use on your lawn and garden that will run off into our water supply. Pesticides are designed to kill bugs and rodents, so they are certain to not be good for pets or people either. Adjust your sprinklers to not turn on after it rains. If you do water your lawn or garden, do so in the morning or the evening when water evaporates at a slower rate. Sweep patios and sidewalks rather than hosing them down.
4. Reduce your energy usage. Water is required to produce nearly all forms of energy so reducing our energy use will naturally reduce water consumption too. The added benefit is that you’ll lower your electricity bill while doing it! Energy is needed at every stage of water extraction, treatment and distribution.
5. Encourage the company you work for to reduce electricity use and water waste. Every contribution makes a difference, and even bigger changes will come when businesses make water conservation a priority. Your own employer can look to these ten companies that have set big goals for water efficiency.
6. Encourage stronger legislation. We need policies in place that mandate more efficient and cost effective water and energy use. The government has the power to institute major steps that could help water conservation efforts. Contact your local officials to let them know that this cause matters to you, and to all of us. Agriculture accounts for 70% of the water used worldwide, and the government can and should put controls in place to limit agricultural water consumption.
7. Support brands that practice conserving energy use and water conservation. Read before you buy. Practice responsible consumption by showing brands that we care about their manufacturing practices. Shop at stores that repurpose, recycle, and collect used items, and hotels with eco-friendly initiatives.
If you find yourself choosing between two brands, consider the one that might be helping to conserve our natural resources. Are you favorite brands making conservation a priority? You can call directly to ask, or check out their social responsibility reports to find out more.
8. Donate your birthday. Sound crazy? It isn’t. Through charity: water, you can pledge your birthday to this fantastic water conservation cause and ask that donations be given in lieu of gifts.
9. Support water-related nonprofits organizations. There are actually several amazing organizations whose mission it is to reduce water consumption or bring water to people in developing nations. If you want to help, consider getting involved with the Global Water Initiative, Raise-the-River, the Water Project, or American Rivers.
10. Teach your children. We need to be role models in our efforts to reduce water consumption and also teach our children about the importance of water conservation. If you aren’t sure where to begin, there are many books that help explain the story of water and why this matters for their future.
11. Purchase pesticide-free foods, chemical-free and toxin-free items, and biodegradable cleaning products. Items that go into your sinks and drains will eventually flow into streams and bays. Keep your local waterways cleaner by purchasing products that won’t contaminate your water.
12. Don’t dump your medications, for the same reason as mentioned above. Our waterways can easily be filled with antibiotics and medicines if we continue to dump them down the drains. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to best get rid of expired or left over medication. You can also click here for some great advice from Earth911.com.
13. Go meatless. Or at the very least, start by skipping meat for one meal a week and go up from there. It can take about 600 gallons of water to produce a single hamburger. Just imagine the impact on water conservation that could be made if everyone stopped consuming meat.
14. Plant a tree in your yard. You can do it yourself or donate trees through the Arbor Day Foundation, one of my absolute favorites. (We donate trees in memory of lost loved ones and in honor of special events.) Not only will planting a tree help the earth, but it will also contribute to water conservation. Trees help keep soil in place, which slows down water flow and allows more rainwater to trickle down into the groundwater supply.
15. Spread the word. Share this post or other articles on social media so that we can let everyone know about the importance of conserving water. The more people who understand the urgency, the more who will make an effort to do something about it.
We depend on water for survival. With a continued rise in population and technology, water use and demand will continue to increase even though supplies are limited. If we reduce water consumption and practice better water conservation, we can make a huge positive impact in our world.
Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post.
101 Ways to Go Greener this Year
Chemical vs. Natural Sunscreen: What You Need to Know
Munchies Be Gone! 50 GMO Free Snacks for School, Work or Home
Toxin Free Makeup and Beauty Products
Got 15 Minutes? Then Try the Metabolic Aftershock Workout
25 Ways to Embrace a More Eco Friendly Home
Should You Make the Switch to Natural Lawn Care Products?
What Happens When Teen Girls Stop Using Conventional Personal Care Products
My Favorite Healthy (& Green) Subscription Boxes
What You Need to Know about GMO’s
Learn How to Prevent a Dryer Fire in Your Home
16 Places to Donate Clothing and Accessories
How to Save Energy in the Kitchen
How to Make the Most of Your CSA Share
30 Ways to Have a More Eco-Friendly Bathroom
How the NHL Turned Green
Not a Polar Bear? 8 Reasons Why You Should Take Cold Showers Anyway
20 Backyard Energy Saving Tips for a More Relaxing Summer