Hello dear reader, I hope you are well. Today’s post is inspired by World Water Day which falls on the 22nd of March.
Ah, water. A basic need for you and me. We use water for drinking, cooking, cleaning and countless other uses in our daily lives. I grew up with running water in my home so I can’t even begin to fathom how some people are able to live without it. I’ve seen so many cases of the underprivileged resorting to rivers and wells as their source of water, especially in 3rd world countries.
According to a news report, an average Malaysian wastes about 50,000 litres of water a year. I find this reality very unfortunate and I believe that we should put in more effort to save water. Here I made a list of suggestions on how we could do so:
1. Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth
When I was a kid, I thought it wouldn’t make much of a difference if I left the faucet on but after watching this one Colgate ad on TV, I was wrong. I forgot what was the actual amount of clean water wasted but let me tell you, it’s a LOT
2. No more ”shower thoughts”
Okay so I know the feeling. Standing in the shower for half an hour, thinking about life. Mulling over the embarrassing moment you had that day or playing the argument you had with someone over and over again. It can be therapeutic, no doubt. However, some things that make us feel good can hurt others and in this case, the environment. I recommend journaling as an alternative 🙂
3. Watering your plants with food-rinse water
It means that when you wash your rice or rinse your veggies, keep that water for your plants outside. The starch from the rice can also help your plants grow.
4. Run the washing machine at full load.
Washing clothes in small batches use up more water -and detergent!- compared to one full load. Offer to combine your family’s laundry and who knows, they’ll love you even more.
5. Fix leaks. Immediately
6. Install a dual flush system in the toilet.
Or try this hack: Fill up a litre water bottle and place it in the flush tank. This reduces the amount of water every time you flush.
So there you have it folks. Saving water will not only help the environment, it also shows how much we appreciate this privilege we have. I hope these suggestions will inspire you to start!
Till next time xx