The importance of conserving water
Water is essential to human life. Every person on the planet, no matter the region, requires the same basic daily amount for survival. That amount can vary slightly based on environmental factors as well as the size and condition of the individual but generally, it’s around two litres, or around half a gallon. Keep in mind, that’s just the quantity a person needs to drink in order to stay alive. Once you start adding in the water required for hygiene and food preparation, the volume of water usage can grow quickly.
Regional water consumption
So what does our actual usage look like? That varies a lot depending on where you live. Many regions suffer from extreme water scarcity, requiring people to make do with relatively small amounts of water. Other countries are ‘water rich’ and consume much more on a daily per capita basis. For example, in Canada, annual per person use comes in at 884,000 litres (233,528 gallons). In China, people use about half of that amount. In an arid country like Israel, that number drops even further. Israelis each use about 147,000 litres (38,833 gallons) of water each year.
A shortlist of water conservation tips for high-usage regions that can add up to substantial water savings:
- Fix leaks and drips. A dripping faucet or garden hose can add up to a huge amount of wasted water if left unrepaired.
- Collect and use rainwater. Speaking of gardens, installing a rain barrel at the bottom of a downspout is an excellent way to offset water used in lawn care and gardening.
- Turn off the tap. Instead of letting the water run while you brush your teeth, only turn it on when you need to rinse.
- Take shorter showers. A typical shower uses around four litres of water per minute. If you could shave one minute off your daily shower, you would save more than 1,400 litres (370 gallons) over the course of a year.
- Consider low flow shower heads and toilets.
- Make sure your dishwasher is full before running it. The same goes for clothes washers, only run full loads.
- Try using the shortest possible dishwasher/clothes washer cycle. You might not notice any difference.
Those are just a few suggestions, but there are many sources online that focus on individual water conservation.
At LuminUltra, we’ve built a suite of products and services knowing that fast, accurate measurement is essential in detecting and solving microbiological issues in water. We’re working every day to help our clients manage their water resources in the most efficient way possible because we know the more water we save today the more will be available tomorrow.