Water occupies more than 70% of the world’s surface. We need to keep in mind, however, that a large portion of it is salt water. Freshwater only accounts for 2.5% of the entirety of all bodies of water, and it is alarming that people are mindlessly wasting it.
It is easy to see the odds of freshwater shortage in the future. Reports had it that people in Sao Paolo started drilling through basement floors for groundwater. Dwellers in places where precipitation is low might have it even worse. But before coming up with conservation measures, it is important to determine how water is being wasted.
Faulty Plumbing System
A home or commercial property with a faulty plumbing system loses a thousand gallons of water every year. The wastage primarily stems from leaking toilets and problematic pipes. Other than obvious indications of leaks, it pays that you contact professional plumbers to detect silent leaks.
Organizations that advocate water conservation, such as AshTuck.com, say that the seemingly trivial habits at home are actually reason behind water wastage. These include overwatering the lawn, washing small laundry loads, and even sleeping in the shower.
Planting the Wrong Type of Plants
This problem is more evident in arid areas. Some people who live in these places plant crops that require great amounts of water. Things get worse if they decide to raise livestock that consumes too much water, such as cattle.
Biofuel may be the future, but it comes with some downsides. Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment says that large-scale biofuel could alter the distribution of water, especially in areas where there are existing water allocation problems.
These are only some of the ways we waste freshwater away. People from different sectors, starting from households to government agencies, should unite to create policies that will prevent water shortage and counter some of its foregoing warnings.