World Water Day: 5 simple, smart ways to save water in daily life
“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” -W.H.Auden
How Conscious Are You About Saving Water Is Bound To Make An Impact In Your life? How many can say yes I’m? Well, March 22 is World Water Day, also, the International Day of Action for Rivers was on March 14. You think these days are just calendar days, no they are to raise awareness and add your little steps towards helping conserve nature.
Some other related days in the march were-
International Day of Forests March 21
World Planting Day March 21
World Wood Day March 21
I know we all are getting to read a lot of articles from all sources, but what matters is what are we actually doing on the ground.
I’m sharing some doable tips which we all can follow at home level. All these tiny steps I have been doing for years now and feel that every drop counts and every step count too.
It’s not just a one-day affair we need to make it a routine and put in our best efforts to make it a daily habit.
Tips on saving water at home
Sharing with you, some simple doable steps to show I’m Conscious About Saving Water on this Water day in my daily routine –
Reuse the water which we used for washing vegetables and fruits and pulses etc
One easy way is to capture the potable water you use to rinse fruits and veggies and deposit it in the garden.
Another point is to Rinse in a Pan. When you wash fruits and vegetables, put them in a pan of water instead of running each one under the faucet.
When you’re done, you can use the water in the pan to water house plants.
You can also use your plants to dispose of an ice cube you’ve dropped on the floor instead of just tossing it in the sink.
- Resue the water which flows from RO pipe in washing cars or clothes.
- Reuse the boiled veggies, paste, noodles water
- Don’t Let the Faucet Run While You Clean Vegetables
- Double-dip dishes.
If you have a dual sink use them for soapy and clear water to rinse utensils if you have single sink use two large bowls for washing and rinsing.
- Consider a smaller dishwasher
Personally, I don’t use the dishwasher as it takes up lots of water. If you are using ensure you clean the dishes by scraping all leftovers before putting in the dishwasher and also use full loads, the half-filled dishwasher will also consume the same amount of water as a full load.
- Instead of flowing tap or shower use bucket and mug.
this can save 6 liters of water per minute
- Take Shorter Showers
These days people are using a WaterSense-certified showerhead that releases a certain amount of water at the interval or even inserting a regulator in your shower, which puts an upper limit on flow rates.
- Immediately repair any leakages
Be sure to fix leaks. A slow drip from a leaking faucet can waste as much as 20 gallons of water a day. A leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons a day.
- Put a glass bottle filled with water in the toilet faucet, this way it will release less water at flushes.
Recently came across a very water-friendly design for bathroom
image source – Pinterest and ZD net
OUTSIDE and PORCHES
- The drain water from your washing machines can be used to clean outside road, or even in flushing the toilets
- Put a nozzle on your garden pipe to control the flow.
Instead, you can consider hand watering if you have a small garden area
- Water plants early in the morning when dew is also fresh
If you water your lawn in the middle of the day, a lot of the water will evaporate in the hot sun before it soaks into the soil, and you’ll end up having to water again sooner. By watering in the cool hours of the evening or early morning, you can cut evaporation loss.
- Invest in water-efficient goods like showers, taps, dishwashers, etc.
- Don’t Run the Hose While Washing Your Car
- Use a Broom, Not a Hose, to Clean Driveways and Sidewalks
- Reuse Wastewater Where Possible
- Use every drop
Learn to repurpose water. Reuse washed veggies water and Do the same while you wait for your hot water to come in.
in drums or buskets or underground tanks
- Have rainwater harvesting plans in whichever way possible in your homes.
Above all, We need to look for methods to reduce the carbon footprint and begin working and using easily available things that can make life greener, simpler, healthier, and better.
I support #JanShakti4JalShakti and pledge to save even a drop of water. Water is precious and a natural gift to us. Preserve, Conserve and work towards a better and greener tomorrow. I am just another girl, a citizen of Bharat, trying to go green wherever and however much is possible with my small and mini-steps.
saving the little bit of water you use to rinse fruits and vegetables won’t make water available for the whole planet but as every drop counts so every little bit helps.
Why does being Conscious About Saving Water matter?
- This way you can save the planet and even paisa too.
- Reducing energy use. Cleaning wastewater (or ‘grey water’, as it’s called) is an energy-intensive process.
- Saving money. If you’re on a water meter, these tips above could save you a bob or two.
with inputs from the Jal Shakti Abhiyan portal.
Listen to my Poem on the importance of water.