A clean water crisis
India has been facing a severe water shortage for some years now. With water being one of the top critical issues discussed in the World Economic Forum over the last few years, there is a great need to address the concern and create a water optimist future.
Paani ka Teeka, an initiative from IdeaHive, is a citizens’ movement that will inspire every individual to become agents of change by taking affirmative actions and together counter the water crisis. There are a lot of measures to start with such as rainwater harvesting, checking and mending water leakages, stopping unnecessary wastage of water, etc.
Most people have the habit of leaving the tap running freely when they brush their teeth; do the dishes or even when they have to come out of the bathroom halfway through a shower to answer the phone. Water, although is unknowingly wasted in huge quantities, can be saved with simple methods. It is observed that people commonly waste water washing their cars and dishes, through sprinklers and fountains, through bathing, flushing and also through leaky taps and faucets.
A dripping tap can waste 15 litres of water a day, or 5,500 litres of water a year. Checking the pipes, faucets, toilets, etc regularly to ensure there are no cracks bulging that can allow the water to leak will help you save a lot of water. And if any crack is spotted then it must be fixed immediately. Turning off the tap while brushing teeth can save 6 litres of water per minute.
Another reliable method to save water is rainwater harvesting. The harvesting of rainwater simply involves the collection of water from surfaces on which rain falls, and subsequently storing this water for later use.
A simple way of collecting rainwater is to build up a water tank and have a gutter and pipe from your roof run straight to the tank. While this is more efficient than some other prevalent methods, the water you collect may not be suitable for drinking since the water may have pollutants from your roof.
Perhaps the best way to collect rain water is to have an efficient rain water collecting system that not only collects water but also treats it so it can be consumed. Investing in a great rain water harvesting system is well worth it. If you have an efficient rain water harvesting system in place, you can rest assured you always have a water reserve in case of water shortage. Furthermore, rain water that has been treated by a rain water harvesting system can be consumed for drinking. You can also use the rain water you collected for cleaning your car, washing your clothes, watering your plants, and for other similar purposes.
Save water, even in the form of rains because little steps today can guarantee a better tomorrow. We are taking the pledge to save this mighty resource, are you?