Countries around the world are currently facing water scarcity. Drought is caused by a lack of precipitation for an extended period of time, which can affect agriculture, the economy, and our bodies of water. In the 1930s, the US had experienced the Dust Bowl, a period in which soil from large plots of land would blow away due to wind erosion. Because of a lack of understanding of topsoil and necessary grasses to keep soil in place, farmers had plowed the land that uprooted these grasses and soil and made it easier for strong winds to pick up the soil during a drought, making the land unable to support any agriculture during that period.
California has been suffering from a drought for the past few years, and as our main source of produce throughout the country, we should be wary of potential ramifications of wasting unnecessary water when we should be focusing on water conservation. Less than 3% of water on the planet is fresh, potable water, while the rest is undrinkable (ocean water or water with too much salinity). If you do not live in a water-scarce city or country, you might want to consider the term Tragedy of the Commons, where we as individuals “act independently according to [our[ own self-interest behave contrary to the common good of all [individuals] by depleting that resource through [our] collective action.”
Individually, we may not see a huge impact, but by becoming more aware of how we use our water and tweaking our behaviors slightly to use a little less water, we can educate others to alter their behaviors and make it more possible to make a larger impact and help the environment. On average, one household in the US can use up to 400 gallons of water IN A DAY!
Here are some tips for conserving water in your home:
- turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth
- turn off the faucet when you soap your dishes before you rinse them
- take shorter showers by timing yourself
- if you listen to music while you shower, limit your showers to 1-2 songs (that can range between 3-10 minutes)
- fix any leaks when you detect them to prevent wasted water
- if you can, invest in an efficient toilet with two flush settings
- use a broom to sweep away leaves or dirt outside of your home instead of hosing down the sidewalk and driveway
- use a sponge and a bucket to wash your car instead of spraying a hose
- invest in xeriscaping over a green grass lawn; it doesn’t just save water, but it can bring out your creativity!
- more tips here 🙂
What tips and tricks do you have for conserving water within your home?