Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Be a Water Hero.

Research states that only 1% water available is potable. This 1% water is needed for use by animals, trees, we-human beings and other living beings who are an important part of the eco-system.
All living beings need food to sustain. Each of us require about 2 to 4 litres of water every day, and most of the water we drink comes in the form of food.
We already have a billion people on this planet who are well versed with the word ‘Hunger’ hence, is important we all understand that the ‘Responsibility’ this precious resource is on us.
Even our fellow members of the eco-system have been contributing to this cause since time begun.
We are not witnesses of their daily act, but they very modestly go about their work–filtering and cleansing our rivers and streams – our silent heroes.
The best example could be the fresh water mussel species. These species help cleanse more than 11.2 million gallons of water a day–roughly the quantity of household water used by 112,000 people.
They suck water in, filter out bits of algae, bacteria and other tiny particles, and then release it back to the river cleaner than before.
So what’s stopping us – the ‘intelligent beings’ in being a Water Hero?
This year we celebrate ‘World Water Day’ on the theme of ‘Water and Food Security’.
It is important we make a note about the fact that Food would not exist without WATER. Every living species required different types of food to sustain and water is required for the production of it. Let’s secure water and thereby, secure the food that helps all of us survive.
Reduce your water footprint with simple lifestyle changes.

Fill your bath tub only as much as needed. Smaller people would require less water, especially in the case of children and babies. In the case of babies, using a sink or smaller tub to bath babies is a better alternative.

Many Dams are built to store and preserve water. Overuse and mis-use of this water negates the benefits of the dam. Dam’s provide us with water and also hydro energy. Let’s respect their use and make efficient use of water and power it provides us.

Many people are unaware that a large part of our rivers and seas getting pollution can be traced right back to their own backyards and other industries. Don’t throw litter into rivers, lakes or oceans. Help clean up any litter you see on beaches or in rivers and lakes, make sure it is safe to collect the litter and put it in a nearby dustbin.

Rain water harvesting helps capture water directly and significantly reduce our reliance on water storage dams. This places less stress on these water storages and can potentially reduce the need to expand these dams or build new ones. By capturing water, the flow of stormwater is also reduced and this minimises the likelihood of overloading the stormwater systems in our neighbourhoods.

Take shorter showers. Limit time spent in the shower to soap up, wash down, and rinse off. Shorter showers save on energy costs associated with heating water.

In addition to providing a dependable, locally-controlled water supply, water recycling provides tremendous environmental benefits. By providing an additional source of water, water recycling can help us find ways to decrease the diversion of water from sensitive ecosystems. Other benefits include decreasing wastewater discharges and preventing pollution.
Drip irrigation method can help conserve water for irrigation. A well-designed drip irrigation system loses practically no water to runoff, deep percolation, or evaporation.

Be a water hero
    Spread the word. Be a ‘Water Hero’.

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