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The Importance of Saving Water

Water is necessary for the sustenance of human life. While the supply seems abundant, water is not a limitless resource, particularly the fresh potable water most necessary to human survival. Without conservation efforts, this vital supply of water may be exhausted. Conservation carries economic benefits as well, as energy and equipment are also conserved as a direct result of water preservation efforts. Preservation of Farming Particularly in California’s Central Valley, increased urbanization has resulted in the draining of precious aquifers and surface water supplies from rural farmland. As in other areas of the country, the Central Valley is an important provider of food crops for the state and the nation, and increased water demand in cities has reduced the supply for the very food needed to sustain these cities. The United States Geological Survey reports that the Tulare Valley, the hottest and driest part of California’s Central Valley, continues to show declines in groundwater levels and the related groundwater storage. Environmental Factors The vast majority of life on Earth is at least indirectly tied to the supply of water. Conservation protects the balance of life on Earth, which would be upset by a reduction in the water supply. Overuse of water threatens other life forms which help sustain us. For example, the United States Bureau of Reclamation reports that, during the past 100 years, some 21 species of fish have become extinct in the 17 Western states in part due to the alteration of habitat. Some of this habitat change is due to the expansion of human populations, and the same population increase has also increased the demand for water from these areas. Personal Cost Water is not processed and delivered to your doorstep for free. Every time you use water, your local utility charges you a fee. The greater the demand for water, the greater the price you will be charged. By conserving water, you will save money both in terms of the quantity used and the price per unit. Energy Consumption Over-consumption of water leads to the over-consumption of another non-renewable resource, energy. Water in your home must be heated for a number of uses, such as cleaning and bathing, and this takes energy. Additionally, your local water utility must use energy to process and deliver water to your home, so the over-consumption of water requires more energy out of the utility company as well. Infrastructure and Technology […]

Why You Need To Conserve Water, And Its Advantages

Water Conservation Tips Water is a scarce commodity, and the sooner we realize this fact the better it will be for the existence of mankind. You should not be surprised to note that of the total water available in the world, just 3% is fresh, and only about 1% of freshwater is deemed fit for human consumption. The remaining water is either frozen, or is too deep down in the earth to be available for human usage. Also, with no slowing in the growth of the world population, water is a limited resource that is quickly getting depleted. Moreover, with the increasing human usage of water, there is not much left for the upkeep of the environment, a big reason to worry about. It is therefore imperative that we use water prudently, so that the generations to come don’t have much of a problem to face, and we can save the ecosystem as well. Have you ever given second thought what you stand to lose if you keep using water excessively? The effects of wasting water Excessive usage of water can have far reaching consequences. In the next 50 years, according to a report of the World Waters Council, the human population is on course to a growth of about 40 – 50%, and this is going to put additional burden on the already depleting water resources. Yes, we are talking about potable, fresh water, which is required for the sustenance of human beings on this planet earth. Ways to conserve water If there is shortage of fresh water it can lead to widespread destruction, a scary scenario to contemplate. Here are some of the major areas where water is substantially wasted: Raising livestock and farming – Isn’t it astonishing to note that 75% of the total consumption of water goes into raising the livestock and farming? All over the world, people are consuming meat in excess, when compare to the amount of meat we as a species previously ate. Consider this, producing one kilogram of wheat takes about 15 times less water than what it takes to get one kilogram of beef. With the world population skyrocketing, the figures are mind boggling to say the least. We can lower the consumption of water being wasted on the rearing of livestock by shifting to vegetarian meals. The amount of water we would be able to save is staggering. Industrial usage – Water […]

Benefits of Water Conservation

Why We Should Care About Saving Water Since 71% of the earth is covered in water, some people can’t help but wonder: Why should we conserve? Here are a few important facts about water on this planet from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation: Ninety-seven percent of all water on the earth is salt water, which is not suitable for drinking. Only 3% of water on Earth is fresh water, and only 0.5% is available for drinking. The other 2.5% of fresh water is locked in ice caps, glaciers, the atmosphere, soil, or under the earth’s surface, or is too polluted for consumption. With growing population rates and such a small percentage of all the water on Earth fit for consumption, it only makes sense that we must preserve and conserve this precious resource.  Water conservation means using our limited water supply wisely and caring for it properly. Since each of us depends on water to sustain life, it is our responsibility to learn more about water conservation and how we can help keep our sources pure and safe for generations to come. In other words, water conservation is not a job that is reserved for scientists, hydrologists, foresters, wildlife managers, city planners, farmers, or mine owners. Instead, it is up to each and every one of us to conserve water. Reasons to Conserve Water Below are some of the main reasons it is important to conserve water. It minimizes the effects of drought and water shortages. Even though our need for fresh water sources is always increasing because of population and industry growth, the supply we have stays constant. Even though water eventually returns to Earth through the water cycle, it’s not always returned to the same spot, or in the same quantity and quality. By reducing the amount of water we use, we can better protect against future drought years. It guards against rising costs and political conflict. Failing to conserve water can eventually lead to a lack of an adequate water supply, which can have drastic consequences. These include rising costs, reduced food supplies, health hazards, and political conflict. It helps to preserve our environment. Reducing our water usages reduces the energy required to process and deliver it to homes, businesses, farms, and communities, which, in turn, helps to reduce pollution and conserve fuel resources. It makes water available for recreational purposes. It’s not just swimming pools, spas, and golf courses that we have to […]