Sources of water are slowly dwindling with others being polluted hence more important to conserve water. Everyone is expected to work on their water conservation so that we can all achieve this.
Ways to conserve water in the home
1. Take shorter showers
Taking a warm shower is therapeutic hence the temptation to stay in the bathroom for hours. Alternatively one can take a bath which will significantly reduce the amount of water used. This effect will be seen when you get fewer water bills. One can also consider changing their shower head with a water efficient showerhead. This will make you still shower for longer without using more water.
When brushing teeth, one should turn off the tap until they finish and are ready to rinse their mouth instead of letting the tap run as they are brushing. When washing one’s car, one can turn off the tap until they are ready to rinse the car to avoid letting the water run as they are still soaping the car. To clean the driveway, one can consider sweeping it or using a blower instead of using the hose.
3. Carrying out plumbing repairs quickly
Water leaks are known to significantly waste a considerable amount of water. For instance, a leaking tap may lose more water when left that way overnight. One should also ensure they close all taps tightly to ensure zero leakages. During spring one can check all hoses and faucets to ensure they are not leaking. In the case of a leak, one should ensure they are repaired completely before they worsen.
4. Watering your lawn
We all love our lawns to be green all the time hence the need to ensure they are well watered even if it is not raining. Lawn watering should be done early morning and late at night. This is important since the amount of evaporation is reduced significantly. In addition to that, one should water their lawn for a long time to ensure that it is deeply soaked. If the lawn is watered lightly, the water will evaporate easily and will also create a shallow root system which does no good to the lawn. One should also ensure that they do not sprinkle their lawn on a windy day so that the water is not blown away to the street or your neighbor’s yard.
5. Mulching trees and plants
One should also consider mulching their trees and flowerbeds to ensure the moisture is conserved. If one’s yard is sloppy, they should consider planting shrubs or trees instead of the lawn. This will help in catching the amount of water running down the slope during watering. The shrubs one should plant are the drought resistant ones which will help eliminate the need to keep watering them always.
6. Buying water appliances
When buying water appliances, one should ensure that they are water efficient appliances to help in water conservation. This includes the toilet water closet go for one with a smaller capacity but still works efficiently.
Doing the above will help as conserve this precious commodity that we need daily.…
Water is a precious commodity on the face of the earth. However, there are various factors that pose threats to earth’s water supply. Among the major factors are the human beings. Their constant increase in population, as well as the activities they undertake, contribute to making water supply to the earth scarce.
Expansion of the population
Human beings are themselves a threat to earth’s water. The human population is quickly expanding. This means that there is an increased demand for water since we all need water to sustain ourselves. This has, in turn, put pressure on the available water sources which have to continually supply to the ever-growing population. Besides that, the ever growing population is also putting a strain on several other resources like land since the demand for space is leading to deforestation.
Deforestation and the destruction of vegetables
Human activity is also a threat to the earth’s water. When the population of human beings grows, it leads to demand for more space for construction hence forests has been cut down to create more room as we grow in numbers. Trees have been of importance since they help in preventing evaporation of the water bodies which we depend on for water supply. Deforestation due to the settlement, farming, and logging have negative effects since they leave the land bare encouraging the evaporation of the water bodies. Deforestation has also led to significant changes in the climatic patterns which have seen the rainfall amounts dwindle over the years. The less the rainfall, the more the shortage of water will hit us as we go into the future.
Air and water pollution are also a threat to the availability of earth’s supply of fresh water. Industrialization and increased number of motor vehicles using sulfur based fuels have seen the emission of poisonous gases into the air leading to the formation of acidic rain. Acidic rain produces acidic water which threatens the supply of fresh water to the earth. Dumping of wastes has also seen the poisonous chemicals being absorbed by the soil hence producing acidic water from the wells.
The consequences of pollution of the water, air, and soil have caused a disruption of the food chain which will eventually lead to the extinction of some organisms from the face of the earth. This disruption has got its consequences on the general life as well.
All these forms of pollution continue to threaten the availability of fresh water. This calls for us coming up with other sources of energy that are environmentally friendly so that we conserve the air and water.
From the above, it is clear that as human beings we have the sole responsibility to ensure we have a constant water supply especially the fresh water. Adopting some practices such as planting two trees for every one cut will help in ensuring that the land cover is protected. Afforestation will also help restore the previous climate patterns before people started doing lumbering. It is also never too late to use the greener energy sources.…