The Importance of Water Conservation

Water conservation begins at home. Some simple water saving tricks from the Sesquicentennial Committee of the City of Manchester, Iowa.

With 70% of the earth’s surface being water, it would seem logical to think there is plenty for all of our needs.  We live in a world of water, but approximately 97% of it makes up the oceans.  Ocean water is too salty to be used for drinking water, farming, or manufacturing.  Only 3% of the world’s water is fresh, and 2% of this supply is frozen in glaciers and ice caps.  How much water does this leave us for use in everyday life?  You got it, only 1%.

The demands on our supply of water increase every year.  The challenge of today is to learn how to use our water wisely.  This challenge is greater now than ever before as industry and population continue to grow.  The United States has always had a plentiful and easily available water supply.  Water has been cheap and unfortunately people have been careless and wasteful.  They have dumped untreated sewage, farm chemicals, and other wastes into rivers and lakes, spoiling the water.  It is necessary to to start conserving our water because the supply of cheap, easily available water is shrinking in the United States, and the development of new supplies will become more costly.  If we hope to keep costs down we must all conserve.  Each of us has a moral and personal responsibility to conserve this precious resource.  Here are a few helpful hints on how to conserve our water supply.

  • Wait to run the dishwasher until it is full.
  • Fill up the sink to wash your hands instead of letting the water run.
  • Use a water saving shower head.
  • Avoid long showers.
  • Buy water softeners that only regenerate on demand instead of those that run on a timer.
  • Fix drippy faucets.
  • Check bathroom toilets for leaks. (Twice a year add a few drops of food coloring to the tank.  If the colored water enters the bowl on its own, then you know you need to have it repaired.)
  • Water your lawn early in the morning. (Moisture in lawns watered during the middle of the day is mostly evaporated on a hot, sunny day.)
  • Mow lawns at a higher level of 2.5 to 3 inches. (This will allow the grass to become thicker and collect more dew, which gives your lawn extra moisture.  Taller, thicker lawns collect more moisture.)
  •  Keep a cold container of drinking water in the refrigerator (instead of running water from the faucet until it is cold enough to drink).

Water is a precious resource to us and to future generations.  Life wouldn’t be the same without it.  We must all begin to use this resource more carefully and efficiently.  Conservation will not only save our water supply, but will also save us money.



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