Celebrate World Water Day on March 22
World Water Day is coming up in less than a month, and this is an important annual event that affects people around the world. To help celebrate, we thought we’d have a little Q and A about the water crisis, World Water Day, and the things you can do around the house to help fight water scarcity and celebrate this year’s events. Here’s everything you need to know to be prepared for March 22, 2017.
Water Crisis Q and A
Q: What is the water crisis?
A: The water crisis refers to a global scarcity of clean water. There are over 663 million people throughout the world who don’t have access to clean water for drinking, cooking, cleaning, and sanitation purposes, and that means 1 in 10 people are affected.
Q: What is World Water Day?
A: World Water Day is a global event that was created in 1993 to fight the water crisis and draw attention to the plight of the millions of people who live without a source of clean water nearby. The event is meant to raise awareness, and to motivate people to do their part to fight water scarcity. The theme of this year’s World Water Day is wastewater.
Wastewater and the Water Crisis Q and A
Q: What role does wastewater play in the water crisis?
A: Over 80% of the water that flows back into the ecosystem is wasted, in the sense that it’s uncleaned, untreated, and un-recycled. This water comes from homes, industry, agriculture, and other sources, and if this water wasn’t wasted in the first place, it could provide a plentiful supply of water that could help those in need.
Q: What is America’s role in all this?
A: Just in America, about a trillion gallons of water are wasted every year. This too comes from homes, industry, and agriculture, but there are lots of ways that households can do their part to reduce this extraordinary amount of wasted water.
Conservation Around the House Q and A
Q: What are some ways I can save major water around the house?
A: One of the biggest sources of household water waste is leaking water. Faucets that drip, pipes that leak, toilets that run, and irrigation systems that leak can waste thousands upon thousands of gallons of water each year, and you can conserve a great deal by checking for leaks regularly and fixing ones you find immediately.
Q: What else can I do around the house to help?
A: There are plenty of ways your family can cut down on water use, and lots of them are simple changes to your habits. For instance, instead of leaving the taps running when you’re washing dishes or brushing your teeth, turn the water off. Similarly, take shorter showers, and turn the water off when you’re washing your hair or soaping up.
Also, make an effort to flush the toilet less—each flush can use up to 7 gallons of water—by not using the toilet for garbage, installing full water bottles in the back of the tank, and by adopting a mellow yellow policy. You can also save a lot of water in the garden by using a rain barrel instead of the hose, and by planting drought-resistant plants instead of grasses.
It may seem impossible that there are still people living without safe water in America in this day and age, but there may even be people in your community around Independence, MO who are affected by the water crisis. At All N One Plumbing, we’re proud to be your partners in water conservation this World Water Day, so give us a call at 816-886-7600 if you need more information, or want to schedule an appointment to fix a leak.