- Water is used in many ways throughout your city
- It may seem like we have an unending supply of water, but we don’t
- Take time to implement water-conserving habits and tricks
Did you know that only one percent of earth’s water is available for human use? We use water everyday for everything from washing dishes to showering. Sometimes it’s easy to take water for granted, but, in fact, water is a limited resource. Most of earth’s water is salt water or frozen in the polar ice caps, which means it’s not usable. Water is a precious resource that needs to be conserved.
Water is used in many ways throughout your city from swimming pools, to sewage systems, to fire fighting. Different industries, such as mining, farming, and thermoelectric power plants depend on water. To give you an idea of how much water is used daily, the United States used 1,343,821 million liters of water per day in 2010.
Other countries do not have the same access to water as we do in the United States. In some places water is hard to come by and used in much lower quantities. Despite the differences in quantity and accessibility water usage throughout the world is connected. The water we use in the United States affects other countries and vice versa. In the United States, where water is seemingly abundant, it is especially important to be conscious of how much water we use and do our best to conserve it, replace it, and save it.
So, how can we conserve water? There are several things to consider when it comes to water conservation. First, we need to discuss the watershed. The watershed is an area of land where rainfall and streams collect; it’s similar to a bay or reservoir that stores water. This water can then be used for mining, irrigation, and drinking. Watersheds have no boundaries and are all connected. Each watershed affects the watershed it is connected to and so on, so that there is a web of cause and effect. If someone “upstream” does something to contaminate their closest watershed, the watersheds “downstream” will also be affected.
In an effort to keep the watersheds clean and usable, there are several things you can do in your daily use of water. Make sure your pipes at home are free of leaks. Leaks can unnecessarily deplete water reserves. Take shorter showers and consider upgrading water features, such as toilets and dishwashers, to more environmentally friendly models. Does your lawn need to be watered everyday or your car washed every weekend? Does a shirt that was worn once and doesn’t smell really need to be thrown in the washing machine? Consider cutting back on elective water usage.
It may seem like we have an unending supply of water, but we don’t. Water sources are depleting, we do over-use our water supply, and water is not equally distributed. These facts are indisputable, and we must all take responsibility for our water usage and begin to take serious measures to protect and replenish the world’s water supply. Take time to implement water-conserving habits and tricks and remember we’re in this together. No matter where you live or where you’re from, we are all connected by the water we use and will all eventually suffer if we don’t start to seriously take care of our water supply.