People who aren't familiar with World Water Day won’t know what they can do to take part, and may not understand the connection between their water habits at home and the global water crisis.
And because World Water Day is coming up on March 22, we wanted to take a moment now to give you some information about this international observance and tell you how you can participate.
Wastewater at Home and Around the Country
A single human being needs about 5 gallons of water per day to survive, and that includes consumption, cleaning, and sanitation. By contrast, the average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day.
And when you look at numbers like this, it probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that Americans waste a trillion gallons of water every year. Just how much water is that you wonder? It’s equivalent to 40 million pools, 24 billion baths, or about a tenth of the amount of water needed to end the recent drought in California.
The Water Crisis
The water crisis refers to a global shortage of clean and safe water. There are about 663 million people, or a tenth of the population, who lack access to clean water.
Many of these people must wait in long lines to get water rations or must travel long distances to collect water. Furthermore, 1.8 billion people, or about a quarter of the population, rely on a water source that’s contaminated with feces, and nearly a million deaths result from this every year.
World Water Day: A Response to Water Scarcity
By 2030, the United Nations wants to make sure that everybody on the planet has access to safe water, so they created World Water Day back in 1993 as a day of action against the water crisis.
This year, you can participate by cutting back on your water use, wasting less water around the house, and spreading the word about the importance of water conservation.
Ways to Cut Down on Water Use
A great deal of the water that’s wasted in residential settings comes from things like leaks and careless behavior. You and your family can work to curb wasteful habits and replace them with water-smart ones, such as:
- Taking shorter showers.
- Saving water in the shower by turning off the taps when you lather up or shampoo.
- Reusing greywater in the garden.
- Filling the sink to wash dishes rather than leaving the water running.
- Adjusting the water level depending on the size of your laundry load.
- Flushing the toilet less or putting full bottles in the back of each tank.
- Replacing some of the plants or grass in your garden with xeriscaping.
- Upgrading to water-saving fixtures and appliances.
And because one of the largest sources of residential wastewater is leaks, you can save hundreds, if not thousands, of gallons of water per year by fixing leaks and running toilets as soon as you discover them.
In the Baton Rouge, LA area, you can count on the experts at Cajun Maintenance to fix all your leaks and plumbing problems quickly and efficiently. We know how much water and money a leak can waste, so we won’t waste time getting to your house to fix the problem. We’re happy to be taking part in World Water Day this year, so give us a call at 225-372-2444 if you have any questions or need to book an appointment.