On a hot, humid summer day, what’s better than jumping into your pool or grabbing an ice cold drink? Imagine though when the temperatures rise, rather than turning on your tap or taking a dip, you had to trek four hours in the blistering heat to get water. In addition to this long and sometimes perilous journey, the water you do collect is often contaminated and can make you sick.
For many of us, it’s easy to take for granted that getting clean water is as easy as turning a tap. In many places around the world though, clean water is hard to come by.
Here are some simple things you can do in your own home to help conserve water, especially during dry summer months.
1. Turn off the tap!
This is a simple one, but it’s important. When you’re brushing your teeth or washing your hands turn off the water until you’re ready to rinse. Don’t leave the water running unless you are actually using it.
2. Limit the amount of non-essential water you use
A lot of us want our yards and gardens to look great, but they can use up a lot of water that may be better used for essential purposes like drinking and cooking. Instead, try to use water wise ground cover, succulents, and other plants that thrive in drought conditions. Use sprinklers sparingly and collect water run-off when possible. Fun fact: if you water plants in the morning, you’ll loose less water as cooler morning temperatures cause water to evaporate slower.
3. Choose efficient equipment
Aerating your faucets, investing in a low-flow toilet, choosing efficient shower heads, investing in a water smart dishwasher and washing machine can add up to big water savings (and bonus it can also save you some money!)
4. Don’t run a load until full
Only use your dishwasher or laundry machine when you have a full load, half or even ¾ loads can add up to a lot of wasted water.
5. Give the gift of clean water
At CARE, we know that water literally means life for so many of the people we work with. Whether it’s digging boreholes and installing water pumps in communities, fixing old or damaged wells or teaching people how to conserve water, we can’t do our work without your support.