Ever since I attended the showing of the documentary “The Last at the Oasis” I have been consistently thinking about the amount of water humans waste daily. Although the “Stop the Drop” campaign last year resulted in a decrease of water use amongst the participating dorm halls, I think it’s necessary that people are constantly thinking about the issue of our depleting water sources. Since we have primarily been focusing on the project regarding tracking the water use per dorm hall, I began doing research on the importance of conserving water. In fact, only 1% of the water in the world is available for the consumption of humans. Humans need to be more aware of this issue in order for us to thrive as a civilization. Currently, our supply of fresh water is practically non-existent. As years continue to pass, the need for water is increasing as the resources available continue to decline. Over the next two decades, it is expected that there will be a 40% increase in the demand for water worldwide. This increase may be due to the growing population, agricultural needs, and industrial use of water along with the water necessary for production of electricity. It has been determined that clean water is not available to 1 out of 5 people on the earth. The problem is that water is being used faster than it can be replenished. Eventually humans will have to resort to other means of obtaining fresh water such as the process of desalination which requires a great deal of energy powered by burning fossil fuels which leads to even greater environmental impacts.
As members of the planet, it is our role and responsibility to take an active role in conserving water.
Here are just some ways that you can help to decrease the amount of water consumption:
- Having more efficient appliances/toilets
- Take shorter showers
- Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth
- Check faucets and pipes for leaks
- Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads
- When washing the dishes by hand, do not leave the water running for rinsing
- Plant drought-resistant lawns, shrubs and plants
- Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways and sidewalks
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