In 1993, the United Nations established World Water Day, to be marked every March 22. It is on this day that there is a spotlight on the issues that arise from water scarcity, as well as to measure progress in dealing with this global crisis and to share best practices to eradicate this problem.
Every year there is a theme to World Water Day. In 2017, the theme is “Wastewater”. Wastewater is a valuable resource that could assist in a number of ways, especially in poorer countries hardest hit by the water crisis.
A Pressing Global Water Crisis
Even though 70 percent of the world is covered with water, we are still very much facing a global water crisis. According to data from the UN, nearly 783 million people don’t have access to clean water. This is a major health problem. Because of this lack of access, it is estimated that anywhere from six to eight million people die every year because of waterborne illness or other health issues associated with lack of clean water.
Every person has a role to play in conserving their own water use. Small steps taken individually can help on a global scale.
Your Plumbing Can be Part of the Problem
Think about it. A leaky pipe or faucet is leaking water all day every day. Over time, that water can add up to a substantial amount. Not only are you wasting water, but you are also wasting money as well.
Identify leaks and get them fixed straight away in order to reduce your water footprint. Monitor your water meter, and if you see a sudden jump, a leak may be the culprit. Leaky faucets are common, are easily identified with dripping or a slow trickle of water, and can often be fixed simply by tightening the pipe or the faucet itself.
Leaky toilets are a little less easy to identify but know that a leaky toilet can waste a whole lot of water. Try this low-tech test to find out if you have a leak. Take the lid off of the tank. Put a dye tablet or 10-12 drops of food coloring in the tank. Don’t flush. Wait about 15 minutes. If there is colored water in your toilet bowl, then you have a leak. Time to call your plumber for help.
Water Conservation at Home
You may be wondering, what else can I do to help? The most important thing is to be mindful of your water usage at adopting habits that help.
For instance, only do laundry when you’ve got a full load. Take showers instead of baths (and keep them short). Turn the water off while you are brushing your teeth. Only water your lawn if it absolutely needs it and only do so in the early morning or evening, when less water will evaporate.
Are you interested in how you can make a difference to help with this global crisis? As a homeowner, there are a number of steps you can take with your plumbing to reduce your water footprint. For more information in Milwaukee, WI, call us at (414) 420-0625.