October 26, 2018

Just because you’ve heard that the Earth is made up of 71 percent water, it does not mean that you can go ahead and waste it. We all need to appreciate it.

If you have not realized how lucky you are that you’re living in a country where fresh water seems to be unlimited, then how about some demonstration?

In an article by the US Geological Survey, only 0.76 percent of the earth’s total water supply is fresh groundwater (as opposed to saline groundwater). That is less than 1 percent. Are you imagining it now?

That percentage is going to be shared by 7.6 billion people.

So what can you do to help save water? I am doing my part in simple and little ways like:

Wash fruits in a bowl

If you wash your fruits in running water, you are wasting a lot of fresh water down the drain. So to save water, use a bowl or any container that could hold water. And then you can use that water to water the plants or to flush the toilet.

Use the same glass for water when you dine

The fewer things you use for every meal, the more water you could save from washing those plates, glasses, and utensils.

Order a glass of water in a restaurant if you are actually going to drink it

Often you’ll see glasses of water left by customers in restaurants. And that water usually ends up down the drain.

Take shorter showers

It is best that you get yourself wet first, then put soap and shampoo for your whole body. And then finish your bathing as quickly as you can.

Use a glass of water when you brush your teeth

Yes, you can conserve a lot of water by doing this. It is just a matter of taking your time to brush and then rinsing. You don’t need to listen to the running of water while you do your thing.

Make it a habit to constantly check for leaks

Your faucet, water pipes, and toilets are sometimes the culprit for wasted water. So make it a habit to always check them at least every week. You’ll never know when a rat may have eaten through one of those pipes or you’ve sprung a leak in your landscaping.

Running your washer and dishwasher only when full can save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month. Photo by Andy Fitzsimon on Unsplash.

Wash your clothes once a week

This is best for those people who have a lot of clothes to keep them for the whole week. Washing full loads saves water, energy, and money.

Yes to a bucket and no to hose

Whether you are washing your car or watering the plants, it is best that you use a bucket instead of a hose. You can control the amount of water to use plus you can apply the water where it is actually needed.

Those are the things I have done so far. What about you? What gave you contributed to saving water?


From time to time, Water – Use It Wisely features guest bloggers who write about topics related to water and water conservation. The author of this blog, Kelly E. Walsh, lives in South Carolina. She is a graduate of BS in Science but preferred pursuing her writing career instead. Mostly because she loves telling stories and sharing her knowledge through writing. She is currently writing for on a regular basis and doing ghostwriting for some companies as well.