March 24, 2016, was one of the brightest and most colorful days of year. Streets, covered with different color, were reflecting back the joy and glee of human race. Let’s now go a few weeks back. Jat agitation took a toll on NCR. You must be wondering what possible relation can there be between an auspicious festival and a dramatic protest? The answer flows through every river, and runs in every gutter. Water crisis is evident. The way we’ve been constantly ignoring such sensitive issues, the day is not far when oceans and lakes will be just in our memories, or in text books for that matter. I won’t go in deep lengths about what problems are being faced by common man due to water crisis. Being an optimistic, I believe, there’s still time for sustainable development. In this article you’ll find effective ways to save water on daily basis.
Charity Begins At Home, So Does Water Check.
• Always recycle water. After washing clothes or utensils, try to use the waste water by watering a plant or garden.
• Check for hidden water-leaks. Here’s how you can do it. Take reading of your water meter in an interval of three hour and make sure you don’t use water during that time. If the meter does not read exactly the same, there is a leak.
• Repair dripping taps by replacing washers in time to save water. A tap dripping at the rate of one drop per second is estimated to waste 2,700 gallons per year.
• Use the minimum amount of water needed for a bath by closing the drain first and filling the bath only 1/3 full. Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.
• Avoid the use of running water to thaw meat or other frozen food products. Defrost food overnight in the refrigerator or defrost it on your microwave.
• Installation of instant water heater on your kitchen sink will check the water run while it heats up. This also reduces heating costs for your household.
• Insulate your water pipes to get hot water faster plus avoid wasting water while it heats up and save water.
• Always prefer air-to-air models over water-to-air heat pump or air-conditioning system. They are just as efficient and do not waste water.
• Regularly check your pump. If you have a well at your home, listen to see whether the pump kicks on and off when you’re not using the water. If it does, you have got to fix a leak.
• When adjusting water temperatures, instead of turning water flow up, try turning it down. If the water is too hot or cold, turn the offender down rather than increasing water flow to balance the temperatures.
Saving Water Outdoors
• A general study suggests that, lawns only need watering after 5 to 7 days in the summer and after 10 to 14 days in the winter. A hearty rain saves the trouble for as long as two weeks.
• Water lawns during the early morning hours when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.
• Position your sprinklers so that your water lands on the lawn and shrub, not the paved areas like streets or sidewalks.
• Use modern and updated sprinklers that will be saving water most efficiently. Micro and drip irrigation and soaker hoses are examples of water-efficient methods of irrigation.
• Keep a regular check on your sprinkler systems and duly note the timing of the devices and make sure they are operating with proper synchronization. As a matter of fact, a law states that “everyone who buys and installs an automatic lawn sprinkler system MUST install a rain sensor device or switch which will override the irrigation cycle of the sprinkler system when adequate rainfall has occurred in the area.” To get further information on the topic or to retrofit your existing system, contact an irrigation professional.
• Don’t over-fertilize your lawn. The over use of fertilizers increases the need for water. Apply fertilizers which are made of slow-release, water-insoluble forms of nitrogen.
• Mulching is one of the best ways to retain the moisture in the soil. It also helps to control weeds that compete with plants for water and other minerals.
• Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. A broom cleans leaves and other debris from these areas properly too. Using a hose to clean a driveway is nothing but wastage hundreds of gallons of water.
• Install a shut-off nozzle in your hose so that it can be adjusted down to fine spray and water flows only as needed. When finished, don’t forget to turn off the tap.
• Use hose washers between spigots and water hoses to eliminate leaks.
• Sprinklers or hoses are not to be left unattended. An average garden hose pours out 600 gallons or more in only a few hours.
• Check all hoses, connectors and spigots regularly.
I can enlist additional hundred measures. But what really matters is how concerned we are. Will you close the running tap next time you brush your teeth? Will you water your plant by recycled water? Will you consider saving water as your moral duty? Because the way I see it, if we act in time, upcoming generations will too play Holi the way it was meant to be.
Now off you go, and spread the message. Prior to that, check for any running tap or any leakage in your home.