What is easily gotten is lightly valued
In a developed country like Singapore, water is available 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. We can walk into any store and buy a bottle of water over the counter; we can open a tap and get clean water to brush our teeth, wash our hands, and take a shower; we have filters that we can use to refresh ourselves with clear glasses of water; and we wash our clothes with water in machines at the click of a button.
We can use water how we want to because we have easy access to it – we can use it, but we can also abuse it. This dynamic is especially important in light of the fact that “by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world's population could be living under water stressed conditions.”1
So here are some useful tips I have found that can go a long way in helping conserve water:
- Switch off the tap while brushing your teeth.
- If you’re going to take a bath, take a shower – did you know baths can consume upwards of 135 liters of water? – and if you’re going to take a shower, try using a bucket – you might be surprised at how much water this can save (half again as much compared to a shower)!
- If you use a water purifier, you can use the leftover water to do a ton of things, from watering your plants and mopping your house, to cleaning your bathroom and washing your dishes (also, washing dishes one by one is a far cleaner alternative compared to letting them soak in a bin overnight).
- It might not be obvious, but buying fewer new clothes helps save a good deal of water. After all, it can take up to 3000 liters of water to produce just one cotton T-shirt – growing, manufacturing, transporting, and washing cotton is a big deal.
- Ensure you cook enough for the day in order to avoid throwing out leftovers the next day. This saves on your own water consumption, but also mitigates the raw amount of water used to produce new food that you might buy in excess.
These are just a few of the many measures that we can practice in our daily lives to save this most precious of resources! Every drop of water builds a mighty ocean, and every responsible citizen creates a better, safer, healthier world!
1. Water Scarcity (United Nations)
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