Today is World Water Day, a day to think about our world’s water supply. There are seven billion people on Earth, with another two billion expected to join by 2050. Water is becoming a scarce resource; with each of us drinking (on average) from 2 to 4 litres of water every day. However, most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef, for example, consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres.
That’s a lot of water! Not only is water becoming scarce, but hunger is also a major problem throughout the world. So what can we do about it? We can’t ignore it. Coping with population growth and ensuring access to nutritious food to everyone call for a series of actions we can all help with:
- follow a healthier, sustainable diet;
- consume less water-intensive products;
- reduce the scandalous food wastage: 30% of the food produced worldwide is never eaten and the water used to produce it is definitively lost!
- produce more food, of better quality, with less water.
Water usage is also part of the problem. Many people feel that the water supply is endless, so they just let the water run while doing menial chores. Don’t! You can combat excess water usage with these simple measures:
- take shorter showers
- turn the water off when soaping up and shaving
- use the minimum amount of water needed when filling up cooking pots and rinsing produce
- only run your washing machine and dishwasher when they’re full
- check outside plumbing and hoses for leaks–they don’t just happen inside!
- upgrade your toilet to a more efficient and eco-friendly model. (From Kathleen: “My cousin and her family moved into our grandmother’s old house, and she was shocked to see how high the water bill was. She figured out that it was Grandma’s groovy toilets from the sixties that were using so much water. By replacing the outdated commodes, my cousin cut her bill in half and is helping to conserve water.”)
- when staying at a hotel, consider reusing your towels
So, LivLunatics, while every day should be World Water Day, use the rest of this day to think about your water usage, whether it’d be in your food or in your shower. Feel free to share your conservation/awareness tips in the comments!