the more you waste, the more you suffer.

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the more you waste, the more you suffer.

Water has an importance that is being ignored far too long. The widely-held notion is that water is an inexhaustible resource. Four-fifth of the planet is, after all, covered by water. Add this to the natural cycle of rainfall, snowfall, rising sea level and even increased frequency of floods, permanent water supply seems assured. But the truth may not be so rosy. Given the high rate of wastage, water security is becoming exponentially fraught.

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. Such imprudence not only causes unnecessary water wastage but can also be costly with faucet and water meter working over time. Asia – with its rapid industrial development and economic growth — is staring at a deteriorating water crisis that threatens to curtail food production and exact an increasingly heavy toll on the region’s economy.

As many as there are ways to waste water, there are ways to save it. 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. One should keep checking the pipes, faucets, toilets etc to ensure there are not any cracks bulging that can allow the water to leak and if any crack is spotted then it must be fixed immediately. A simple dripping tap can seem to be a thing to be ignored, but it is not, and one should get it fixed to save more water.

Water your garden with a watering can rather than a hosepipe. A hosepipe uses 1,000 litres of water an hour. Mulching your plants (with bark chippings, heavy compost or straw) and watering in the early morning and late afternoon will reduce evaporation and also save water. Furthermore, turning off the tap while brushing teeth can save 6 litres of water per minute. And taking a shorter shower is another method as showers can use anything between 6 and 45 litres per minute.

It is about time people realize that even a small step can help conserving thousands of litres of water. A slight change in routine activities and a little concern for the environment will surely do wonders and will also make one feel good about it. Considering our growing use of water, we are taking the pledge to save it, are you?

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