Water is a precious, natural resource and is something we all should never take for granted – particularly in the mostly hot, dry climate of Australia.
Unfortunately, the global water crisis isn’t new, but it’s something we should all try our best to do something about. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), half the planet’s population will be living in water-stressed regions by 2025.
It only takes a handful of consistent changes to be and stay water-wise.
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Water conservation may prevent food shortages and starvation
Think about the kitchen in your home for just a moment. Water plays a key element in preparing food and drinks – from boiling the kettle, to adding water to recipes, washing food and of course, cleaning dishes.
Every food item consumed has a water footprint. For example, 2550 litres of water goes into producing 150g of beef, whereas a cup of coffee or glass of wine takes roughly 128 litres of water to produce.
Water plays an undeniable role in the food produced globally, so without it, or with continued careless usage, the world’s food supplies will not be sustained, leading to worldwide starvation.
We all deserve access to clean and safe water
It’s a humanitarian right. However, as it stands, this isn’t always the case. Initiatives are being put in place through non-profit charities and organisations to provide access to clean and safe water to the people of developing countries.
Shortages of clean and safe water can happen right here in Australia too, if we don’t think globally, but act locally with our waterwise efforts.
The result on humanity
Clean, safe water has a lot to answer for when it comes to efficient sanitation and disease prevention.
We’ve known for well over a century now than soap and water is an essential part of hand hygiene, ridding the body of disease-causing bacteria and viruses.
If there’s no clean, safe water though – people may turn to whatever water is available, some of which may unknowingly carry harmful pathogens.
Be it for cleaning or drinking, contaminated water can negatively impact the body, spreading to many water users at the same or different times.
Without an efficient solution and access to clean, safe water – sanitation and health issues will arise.
The result on the natural environment
Water isn’t only essential to us, but the health of the plants, trees, food and animals who share our planet. Animals and plants without access to clean, safe water over an extended period of time will perish – with some species unable to reproduce, becoming extinct.
Of course, this is the worst case scenario, but it can (and does) happen.
Water is critical to optimal environmental conditions and biodiversity.
What can you do?
- Reduce water consumption – by taking shorter showers for starters
- Recycle water – when it’s safe to do so, such as with a rainwater tank
- Go greener with low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and dual-plumbing systems
- Fix your leaking taps.
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