Water shortage is resurfacing as Bengaluru prepares for a scorching summer. Despite numerous difficulties resulting from the city’s elevation, Bengaluru is one of the few cities in the nation with a reliable supply of drinking water thanks to the River Cauvery. According to the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board, the average water supply in Bangalore city is between 100 and 125 lpcd, but the average water demand is close to 150 to 200 lpcd. All 1,450 million litres of water enter the city silently each. Only after water is used in the city, a huge percentage of it is treated and delivered to the areas nearby that are prone to drought. Lakes will be refilled with this used water, groundwater will be recharged, and farmers will have access to it for agricultural production.
According to the reports of the NITI Aayog, 21 cities in the country including Bengaluru will run out of groundwater, if not used consciously. Every drop you conserve today will benefit you in the future.
Conserving water helps keep nearby lakes, rivers, and river basins clean. Additionally, by conserving water, greenhouse gas emissions related to water treatment and distribution are reduced. In addition to it, it helps to save money on the utility bill.
Conserving water can increase the lifespan of your septic system by lowering soil overload and lowering leak-related contamination. Untreated wastewater may also flow into lakes and rivers as a result of overburdened city and county sewer systems. The likelihood of pollution is inversely correlated with the volume of water that flows through these systems. Society household water conservation has prevented expensive sewage system expansion in some communities.
Water conservation starts at independent home. Below are a few tips to conserve water.
When washing the dishes by hand, it is best to turn off the water while rinsing. Fill water in any large container and rinse the dishes. This saves a lot of water.
Use as very less detergent as possible when hand washing the dishes. So, less rinse water is required.
Make sure not to use running water to defrost frozen foods. Either plan or use a microwave to unfreeze them.
Avoid turning on the water tap while cleaning vegetables. Wash them in a container or sink that is full.
Check for any leakages in the taps. Fixing broken pipes can result in significant water conservation. Did you know that a drip of one drop per second wastes about an average of 25 liters per day?
To conserve water in the laundry room, a highly efficient washing machine. In contrast to a regular washer, it uses less water. Additionally, it will cause the clothes to lose more water before drying, quicker drying times. Throughout its lifetime, a high-efficiency washer should easily pay for itself in water and energy savings. New washers with the Energy Star rating use 35–50% less water and 50–50% less energy per load.
Only start the washer when the washer is fully loaded.
Utilize wool dryer balls to reduce drying time.
So that they don’t need to be washed twice, let stained clothes soak in advance.
Saving water in the bathroom is easy with a low-flow aerator.
You do not need to continue running the water while trying to brush your teeth. To rinse your mouth, simply soak your brush and fill a jug of water.
Prefill a bucket of water and take bath, instead of using the shower.
Avoid using bathtubs as much as possible.
Don’t let your children play in the water at your house, take them to the beach or the swimming pool.
Use little shampoo or homemade cleansers.
Turn off the sink while kids are soaping up and washing their hands.
Clean the car using the soapy sponge and then use the hose. This can save a lot of water.
Use drought-resistant grasses like “Eco-Lawn” when creating a new lawn or overseeding an established one. Compared to other species, many lovely shrubs and plants can survive with much less water.
Clean the walkways with a broom and a mop, instead of cleaning with water every day.
If you own a villa or a house, plan for a rainwater storage or rainwater harvesting technique.
Inform family members of your water usage at each month’s end. Family members should be encouraged to review these statistics and set a goal to consume less water this quarter than they did last month.
In your garden, you might want to use a drip irrigation system. It minimizes weeding by only providing water to plant roots.
Use only plants that are suitable for the climate and soil in your area. Less suitable varieties might require more water or fertilizer to survive.
Do not allow water to enter the sewage system. Give the soil time to absorb water.
sustainable use of water.
Wherever and whenever possible, recycle your water. Before the water gets hot enough to take a shower, collect it and use it to flush the toilet or water plants. Following, rinse water from cleaning and cooking can be gathered and used to soak other dishes.
These are some of the water conserving methods at the house level. Other methods, such as encouraging the natural regeneration of vegetation, commercial and industrial water conservation practices, wash water recycling, and raising awareness of water conservation is also very important.
Especially homes in Bengaluru, if we don’t conserve water, then definitely we have tough days ahead because saving water saves nature.
Saving water also makes natural disasters like droughts less likely. We must reuse water in proportion to how much more we can save by reducing its consumption. For future generations, water conservation is essential. Unless we become concerned starting today, they won’t have enough access to water.
We must first comprehend that it is everyone’s responsibility to preserve water. No institution or agency of the government can assist us in conserving water unless we want to. The time is ripe to do so now. Water is the basic element of living organisms. Just imagine a life without sufficient water. Tough right? It’s our responsibility to save water.
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