Water is the largest natural resource on Earth, but only 3% of it is in the form of freshwater. Of this, only 33% is accessible to us; the rest is frozen in glaciers or stored deep underground. This makes it essential for us to use it wisely.
Managing freshwater properly can pose a challenge to sustainable development. However, it can play a critical role in strengthening social and economic ecosystems if done efficiently and equitably.
So who does the burden of preserving water lie on?
The answer is everyone. Whether you’re an industry owner, a government leader, working on a vessel, or simply need water for domestic use, you have a responsibility to protect this valuable resource. In this article, we’ll take you through effective and sustainable water conservation methods.
14 Ways to monitor and reduce your water wastage
The average person uses 101.5 gallons of water daily. While this number varies between countries and income groups, it’s certain that most of us can reduce the amount of water we use. Here are some easy ways to conserve water that you can incorporate into your daily life:
Check Water Leaks in Your Household
Do you know that Household leaks waste nearly 1 trillion gallons of water annually in the United States alone? Hence, repairing leaks in your toilet or pipes will help in saving a significant amount of water. Schedule an appointment with a good plumber and get your leaks prepared.
Avoid single-use plastic water bottles.
Nearly 481.6 billion plastic bottles are used globally in a single year and significantly contribute to $1 billion worth of plastic waste annually which leads to different types of pollution. Switching to a reverse osmosis (RO) system can give you access to clean water in an eco-friendly way. This ensures you only take as much water as you need.
Take Proper Care of Your RO System
Whether you own an industrial RO Plant, an RO Water Maker on a ship, or a domestic RO machine, it is essential to maintain your RO system well. This helps avoid water wastage caused by leakage and higher energy consumption due to faulty parts. If you use an industrial RO System, consider an energy recovery device to divert wasted energy back to the process.
Replace Old Toilet With Modern One
With the use of modern toilets, you can reduce the number of times you flush your toilet. So, opt for modern toilets that consume less water per flush and have the option of full or half flushes. This helps in the conservation of water.
Use Your Shower Mindfully
Standard shower heads consume 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Be conscious about how long your shower is, and turn off the water while applying shampoo or soap. You can also install flow restrictors or use water-saving shower heads in your shower to minimize water consumption.
Use a Bucket Instead of a Shower
To some people, the idea of using a bucket and cup for a bath seems like hard work but it will help in reducing the wastage of water to a large extent. So, next time try using a bucket and pail to take a bath whenever possible.
Turn off Water While Brushing
Most people have a bad habit of keeping their tap running while brushing or washing their face. The advice of these folks is to turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving.
A landscape irrigation system ensures that the water gets evenly distributed throughout your gardening area at the right places, thus minimizing water usage. Landscape irrigation amounts to nearly a third of all residential water use. To stop unnecessary evaporation of water while irrigation always waters your garden in the early morning or late evening when the sun is down.
Use Dishwasher Wisely
Run the dishwasher only when you have a full load. Wipe your dishes with a damp sponge and remove any food scraps before placing them in the dishwasher to save water.
Run Washing Machine at Full Load
In order to save water and energy, always run your washing machine when you have a full load of clothes and if you are looking to buy a new one then always choose water-efficient washing machines.
Prefer Dry Cleaning
To remove water from the cleaning processes, use a dry cleaning alternative whenever possible.
Install Greywater Treatment System
Wastewater from domestic chores like laundry, bathing, car washing, etc. is termed grey water and when it goes back into water bodies, it causes water pollution. To avoid this, set up a greywater recycling system to collect water from showers, sinks, or washing machines. This can be used for watering plants and toilet flushing, reducing the demand for fresh water.
Use TSE Polishing Plant for Commercial Water Treatment
If you are a commercial establishment, opt for a TSE polishing plant that treats TSE water provided by the municipality. Post-treatment the water can be used for non-potable applications.
Treat Industrial Effluents
Industrial water waste is one of the main reasons for water pollution. In some countries where guidelines related to industrial water treatment are not strict, the wastewater from industries is dumped directly into the water bodies or discharged into groundwater. Industrial effluents can harm the groundwater or water body it is released into and also degrades the quality of water in that area. Industrial effluent can be treated by using effluent treatment plants.
The Bottom Line
Protecting the environment for future generations begins with better water management today. We should try to renew and recycle water whenever possible instead of wasting it. Advanced Watertek offers a wide range of water treatment solutions, including the latest RO and membrane-based filtration technology.
RO systems reduce your dependence on plastic bottles, reduce your carbon footprint, and provide you with quality water whenever you need it. They remove over 99% of impurities and contaminants from the water, making it extremely safe for you to drink. Find out more about our packages by contacting us.