Let's do our part in conserving precious water resources on Earth. This could be a huge difference for the environment!
The Importance Of Water
The world’s water usage is at an alarming rate, and we need to start cutting down on our consumption. In the future years when there are predicted large shortages of clean drinking water for all humans across Earth — it could be too late! (1) The average person uses around 140 litres per day. However, serious water deficits are on track to occur by the 2080s. Water conservation is the practice of using water wisely and not contributing to unnecessary waste.
This year, World Water Day is dedicated to drawing attention to groundwater. Encouraging sustainable use of water resources ahead of this meaningful day! According to Benedict Mayaki SJ, “Saving water might seem to be a small thing, but it is actually big when everybody does their part… when you are saving water, you are not just protecting the lake or the stream in your neighbourhood; you're doing much more than that for ecosystems for the climate and for the planet.”
The theme for World Water Day 2022 is “Groundwater – making the invisible visible.” Only 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater and the core focus of this annual day is to tackle the global water crisis. The lack of clean water is a global problem that affects everyone, as many as 2.2 billion people lack access to safe and clean water supplies which includes more than half (55%) of all poor individuals worldwide! Groundwater is an important and affordable source for many rural populations and plays an essential role in the development of these communities.
There are several reasons for water conservation such as saving energy, reducing carbon footprint, keeping wetland habitats topped up for animals like otters, water voles, herons and fish. And most importantly, conserving water can save money!
How to save water in your garden?
• Use a water butt to catch large amounts of rainwater and use this to water your plants, clean your car and wash your windows.
• Use mulch and bark in your garden, it will help to reduce evaporation by up to 75%.
• Plant drought-resistant plants that don’t require as much watering.
So, act now before it is too late!