On March 22nd, World Water Day will serve to bring attention to the importance of freshwater on our planet. The sustainable management and preservation of this natural resource are dire to the continuation of life itself. With the surge of urbanization and diverse lifestyle changes, our consumption of water as a species is on the rise.
What is the Water Crisis?
It is important to be educated on how our water is threatened, and how people can work together to preserve the planet’s water supply. Our freshwater resources are becoming scarce, due to factors produced by the actions of mankind, including:
Increased Water Consumption: The increase in human population and urbanization of these individuals means that people using water at unprecedented levels. Water use for irrigation purposes, agriculture, domestic households, industrial production processes, etc. make up much of the water people use.
Environmental Crisis: Aquatic environments and the species that exist within them are disrupted by the effects of excess water usage. Once these environments are disturbed, natural balance can be difficult to regulate.
The Importance of Conserving Water
Currently, humans are wasting more water than ever before. Since these developments, scientists and activists alike have developed key methods to reducing how much water we use, and how to protect freshwater itself:
The overall reduction in water usage and waste, preserving existing resources. Improving the management of water usage by enhancing decision on how and why humans use water. This includes using water sustainably, and for the benefit of the entire population.
The production of factory farm raised meat accounts for a much higher percentage of water usage than the growth of edible and usable vegetation. Activists are communicating the importance of lowering the production of factory raised meat and opting instead for the production of water efficient crops.
How to Conserve Water at Home
Luckily, there are small, affordable changes that can be made within households to decrease the usage of water in everyday lives. By investing in water-saving plumbing
technology, you can do your part in saving this precious resource. The following are some great plumbing upgrades to consider:
- Automatic (timed) faucets.
- Low-flow showerheads (also known as energy-efficient showerheads).
- Garden hose nozzles.
- Low-flush toilets.
- Dual-flush toilets. These toilets have two different levers or buttons to flush differing levels of water and use up to 67% less water than conventional toilets.
- Faucet aerators. These aerators break up the flow of water, while delivering the same effectiveness (and use less water).
If you’re in the Tyler, TX area and are interested in installing water efficient plumbing technology throughout your home, contact the plumbing experts at Super Plumbing by calling (903)-630-6153.