Fresh water is the most precious resource known to man - without it nothing can survive. For water is quite literally the source of life the reality is however, that we are facing a water crisis of gargantuan proportions. What we need is conservation on a global scale.
FACT: 12 per cent of the world's population uses some 85 per cent of the world's water!
As the earth continues to warm our polar ice caps will melt which will lead to rising sea levels and much of the worlds fresh water becoming saline and unfit for human consumption.
It may be hard for us in the developed world to grasp, but, only a mere 1 per cent of the world's freshwater is suitable for human consumption. 97.5 per cent of the world's water is saline!
Did You Know? The earth's oceans can retain 1000 times more heat than the atmosphere!
Water consumption has increased six fold over the past 100 years - more than double the rate of population growth however, water is not distributed evenly and 1 in 7 people across the globe have no access to freshwater and 2.5 billion people over 40 per cent of the population have no access to sanitation!
97 per cent of all available freshwater is stored deep underground in 'aquifers' and a third of the world's population depend on this 'groundwater' for their very survival, but the reality is that many of the world's natural aquifers are empty, in effect we are running a groundwater overdraft of some 200 billion cubic meters per year - this overdraft will, if current trends continue spiral exponentially as the effects of industrialization and demand continue to soar.
By 1995, a total of 80 countries, home to 40 per cent of the world's population encountered serious water shortages. By 2025 it is anticipated that over two-thirds of the world's population some 66 per cent will be facing severe water shortages and widespread drought. In the same time frame experts predict that our demands for water would have increased by a further 40 per cent!
FACT: Bottled water may seem like the ideal fashion accessory, BUT be warned, we cannot keep taking this valuable resource from our springs and glacial regions, bottle it in plastic! and ship it across the globe without it seriously jeopardizing both the environment and the 1 billion people who have NO water.
Easy Steps To Water Efficiency:
A shower a day can help you save on the amount of water that normally goes down the plug hole - baths use 80 litres of water whilst a 8 minute shower uses just 35!
Turn them off - leaving taps running whilst you are cleaning your teeth for example wastes 5 litres a minute.
Repair - dripping taps or leaky faucets can WASTE as much as 90 litres of water per week.
Don't waste it! - Collect water that normally goes down the plughole and water your plants!
Did You Know? One-third of the UK's domestic water is literally being flushed away! each flush uses 10 litres of water
FACT: Garden sprinklers use an almighty 1000 litres of water every hour.
Water - Water your plants in the evening - this way the plants get maximum benefit!
If you like a clean car - wash it by hand just think of the exercise!
Only run the washing machine and dishwasher when you have a full load!
Install a low-flush toilet - or put a hippo in your cistern!
Don't waste time and money waiting for your tap water to go cold... use old bottles and keep them in the fridge.
Fit a water butt! Water your garden for FREE.