Saving Water By Tianrui Guan There isn’t enough to go around!
How much water does a person use on a daily basis?
Most people waste water without realizing it! The biggest mistake is leaving the tap on that’s why people came up with the idea of automatic taps that turn off like in public toilets. Some people think that taking baths use up to 30 L but in fact it uses 80L! People also waste 540L on watering their garden when installing sprinklers water your whole lawn without getting the pathway wet or soaking up your house. Also using the dishwashers take up to 30L while washing with your hands take up to 10L.
Tip: If you really want to use the dish washer do it when there are loads of dishes instead of wasting it on 3-4 plates.
America takes the prize for most used water in the world. Usa doubles the worlds average water levels mainly because of their love for beef which large portions of water are used and because of their baths and showers. Since doubling the consumption levels of water which is 2500 cubic meters thats an Olympic sized swimming pool for each american! China uses 700 cubic meters a year unlike other countries like Uganda 15L daily or less. Highest water foot print makers are; Mexico, Japan,Italy and Australia.
Not all the ways we use water are necessary. Like mentioned before watering the garden when the rain does half of it for youor like taking long baths when a shower is half of the water it uses. Even though it seems there is a lot of water to spare there isn’t enough to go around. Washing machines take 65L o water when a person in Kenya only needs 30L. Like plastic and others, water can be reduced reused and recycled.
Tip:try collecting the cold water when waiting for the hot water in the shower.
Is there a way we can make sea water drinkable?
Yes, but it is higly inefficient plants that turn salt water into fresh water (desalination)requires masses of energy making it quite expensive all though some people still pay for fresh water. Some where in Tampa bay there is a desalination plant which produces 25 million gallons of fresh water per day! It is a process of removing minerals and salt from the water although it is easier said then done!