The social media community has spurred into action and launched online campaigns after the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) predicting Pakistan to reach absolute water scarcity by the year 2025 rose concerns. However, we must recognize that we, in our individual capacities, need to make practical efforts that extend beyond social media. With the risk gradually increasing, we can actually significantly reduce water depletion by adopting cautious ways of consumption.
Here is what we can do:
Using Bucket Instead Of Shower:
This minor behaviour change can prove to be really significant in the on-going crisis as bathing by shower consumes up to 100 litres of water while through bucket you only consume 18.
Turning Of The Faucet:
Turning the tap off while you are brushing your teeth in the morning or washing your face can save up to six litre per minute.
Be Careful With Your Outdoor Water Consumption:
Try not to over-water landscaping. The ideal time to water your garden or lawn is early in the morning or late in the evening. Adjust your sprinklers in such a way that they don’t water streets or sidewalks.
It All Starts In The Kitchen:
That is usually the place where the water consumption is highest. Equip all hoses with shut off nozzles. Try to rinse dishes in a full sink. Also, save your unclean clothes and put maximum amount in the machine at one time so we can make maximum use of the water rather than leaving half of the machine vacant.
Washing Car Using A Single Bucket:
Washing your car by running tap water can waste up to 100 litres approximately, as compared to washing it with a bucket which utilizes only 18 to 20 litres.
With minor changes in lifestyle, a single family can save up to 300 litres of water per day. By us being more responsible and cautious community members, we should prepare in our own capacity for the crisis that awaits us in the no-so-distant future.
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