A colorless, transparent, odorless, liquid, which forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the source of life for all living organisms. It contributes to around 71% of the earth’s surface. We all know these facts about water, but not all of us know that fresh water contributes to less than 1% of the earth’s water.
In less than seven years, Egypt will be approaching a state of “absolute water scarcity”, as reported by the UN. Accordingly, conserving water is now more important than ever. Our initiative, “Save Egypt’s Water” (#SaveEgyptsWater), is mainly focused on raising awareness among the Egyptian community about the impending risk of a severe water crisis and the utmost importance of saving water. Our goal is to educate the people that there are very simple ways to enjoy the same quality of life that we have, but with using less water.
1. TURN OFF THE TAP WHILE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH.
Keeping the tap running while brushing our teeth can waste up to 6 liters of fresh water per minute. By turning off the tap, you can save up to 70% of the water wasted, which contributes to around 500 Liters per month (500 Liters = 833 bottles of drinking water).
2. REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BUBBLE BATHS YOU TAKE
After a long day at work, maybe a good read while having a bubble bath seems like a good idea. Unfortunately, this bubble bath is one of the most inadvisable things you can do to #SaveEgyptsWater. A bubble bath can consume up to 275 liters per bubble bath. This amount of water is equal to almost the amount used by an average household in Africa for an entire week.
3. TAKE A SHORTER SHOWER
What is more refreshing than a cold shower during summer? Does it still sound as refreshing when you know that 15 minutes of running water wastes an equivalent amount of 120L? We are not saying you should not enjoy your showers, but simply asking you to take into consideration the amount of water you can be saving. Turn off the shower after soaping up, and then turn it back on to rinse. You can also install a simple shower timer, and have a shorter shower. Every minute of shower you reduce, saves up to around 240 Liters per month (240L = our daily drinking water consumption of 120days).
4. DO A PERIODICAL CHECK OF THE LEAKAGE
We often see our faucets, toilets and showers dripping tiny drops of water all around the house, but how many times did we actually call the plumber to fix them? How many of us do a regular checkup on water pipes to avoid any unnecessary dripping? Unfortunately, we have reached a very grave water crisis level that we have to take care. One faucet, allowing for drops at the rate of one drop per second, consumes around 11,000 liters per year. Yes, Eleven Thousand liters per year!
5. EAT ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
They say that less is more. When you waste food, you are not only wasting food, you are wasting all of the value chain that has allowed this food to come to your serving dish. Water is one key element of food production. The less your food waste is, the more water you reserve. Studies show that food waste alone contributes to around 24% of our water consumption.
6. WASH WITH FULL LOADS
Washing our clothes is important, but washing our clothes efficiently is crucial. If you turn on the washing machine for partial loads, you will end up using your washing machine more often, which means wasting more water than needed. A typical cycle of a washing machine can use from 60 L to 110 L per wash. Wash in full loads, we need the water more than our clothes do!
We are lucky enough to still have water running in our homes. Our neighbors in South Africa had to stand in lines for hours to fill in their buckets and take them back home to their families. Imagine a day without water. This is what we are headed towards. This is our future if we do not start taking immediate action.
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