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Stop Wasting Water

Wong Shu Lee  

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  March 22, 2022

Today is the World Water Day. Freshwater is vital for life, supporting ecosystems and human civilizations. It is essential for drinking water, agriculture, irrigation, industry, and power generation. However, only 2.5% of all water on Earth is freshwater, of which less than 1% is accessible. 

 

Today, we will discuss some simple ways that everyone can do it on a daily basis at home to help conserve water. 

 

Fix leaks

 

The most common areas that experience water leakages are faucets, toilets, and showers. 

 

While you might think that drips of water will hardly amount to anything, a leaking faucet could waste as much as 20 gallons of water a day. A leaky toilet? 200 gallons a day. 

 

If you can’t fix it immediately, at least use a medium to save and keep the dripping water from the leakage. 

 

Turn off your tap when it’s not in use

 

Sounds pretty obvious, doesn't it? But it’s always the simplest task that we often overlook.

 

Whether you’re brushing your teeth, lathering your hands with soap, or shampooing your hair, you don’t have to leave the water running.

 

According to a 2013 UN report, Malaysians use an average of 220 to 240 liters of water per day, which is more than the recommended daily average of 150 liters!

 

So please, don't become a part of those statistics, and consciously put in a little more effort to turn the tap on and off.

 

Use water-efficient appliances

 

Water-efficient appliances help you save water and ultimately, money. You could consider changing up some of these old fixtures at home, for products that help you conserve water: 

 

  • Toilet 
  • Bathroom sink faucet
  • Showerhead 
  • Dishwasher 

 

For example, you could buy a water-saving showerhead with a 1.5 gallon per minute (GPM) flow rate.

 

This saves 40% more water than most showerheads. You could also consider investing in a water harvesting system and energy-efficient dishwashers.

 

Take shorter showers

 

Each time you take a 10-minute shower, you use up about 50 liters of water. So letting the shower run for a minute as you shampoo your hair wastes much more water than you think.

 

If it helps, imagine yourself without water to shower over the next few days, because you’ve used up all of it today. 

 

Recycle your water

 

Recycling water doesn’t have to be a messy or unhygienic affair. For example, you can use mop water to flush the toilet bowl.

 

You could also collect rainwater in buckets and use them to wash your car. Or, you could use excess water from drinking cups to water your plants.

 

While all this might sound like quite the hassle at first, recycling water gets easier once you get to the hang of it. 

 

 

Let’s not take our water supply for granted. 

 

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