Have you ever reflected on your daily water consumption? The access to fresh, clean water seem like a given, right? You turn on the tap and it’s just there, for us to drink, bathe and wash our clothes.
When I first moved to London the water was suddenly switched off. It was a Saturday and we had to walk to the corner of Cromwell Gardens & Glenville Pl, where the council was handing out bottles of water.
That’s when I realised just how fundamental our daily water consumption is to everything we do. Suddenly I was very aware on how many bottles of drinking water I had at home (and this is despite the fact that I only had to walk 2 minutes to receive unlimited amounts of bottled water). After 36 hours the water was switched on again and all was well.
Our daily water consumption is abusive to the planet
This was over a decade ago, when noone really thought about access to fresh water, at least not in Northern Europe. Today is a different story, more & more I hear reports about the lack of water, how fresh water is limited e and we’re that we’re running out of it – at least if we continue to abuse it as we do now.
Someone who have experienced ACTUAL lack of water (not just a brief 36 hour in central London) is Anil Ahuja who shared his experiences at TEDex Chicago last year. He’s working on a solution that would allow households to recycle water, in the same way trees do. These types of solutions are for sure something we must do, not in the future but now.
Small changes in your daily water consumption
However, to change the entire pluming system of your house is something you might not have the capacity to do just at this very moment. So here are small things you can do to reduce your water consumption in the mean time.
- Fill the washing machine & dish washer and only run them when they are full.
- Do you really need to shower every day? If you just been relaxing at home for a day. Do you really need a shower? If you do, why not have a bath instead? Or at least switch off the shower when you use lather, then switch it back on to rinse.
- Switch off the tap when you brush your teeth.
- Wash fresh produces in a bowl of water, not under the running tap.
- When you do the dishes fill up the sink and wash, avoid letting the water run.
- Check your pipes, toilets and faucets for leaks. (You will save water as well as your property. It’s a win-win).
The bottom line is that we need to fundamentally change the way and amounts of water we use. These small changes could be your first steps towards sustainable daily water consumption.