There are several ways to save water, and they all begin with you. Water conservation has become essential in all regions, even where water is abundant. That’s because our water resources are finite, and they are getting smaller every year. This brings us to the big question. Why should we conserve water?
- Water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers, and local watersheds.
- Prevents greenhouse gas emissions associated with treating and distributing water.
- Extend the life of your septic system by reducing soil saturation and reducing pollution due to leaks.
- It prevents pollution.
Now, we take a look at some innovative methods of conserving water.
How aware are you? Allow us to throw some numbers up. Flushing your toilet uses up 8-10 liters of water. When you leave the tap open while you brush, you waste at least 3 liters of water and a 10-minute bath uses up quite a lot of water. Startling? Yes. And that is why the first step at conserving water should begin at home. Ensure your little ones are aware of how precious water is as a resource.
Fix the leak
Never ignore a drip. Leaky pipes, faucets, and running the water while you brush and frequent flushing all drain out liters of water without us being aware of it. Purchase water-efficient products and appliances for your home. Adjust your water techniques with the season and save hundreds of liters of water. This is one of the most basic things that you can do to save water.
Rainwater harvesting system
India enjoys seasonal rainfall making rainwater harvesting a viable conservation option. Rainwater harvesting is collecting the run-off from a structure or other impervious surface in order to store it for later use. Rainwater collection systems can be as simple as collecting rain in a rain barrel or as elaborate as a rooftop harvesting system that collects rainwater into large cisterns to supply your entire household demand. It is clean and you can essentially use rainwater anywhere you use tap water. Rainwater collection is a technique to green your home and to lessen your environmental footprint.
Greywater is wastewater from any household source other than toilets. Greywater makes up roughly 60% of household wastewater and recycling is important. If recycled properly, greywater can save approximately 70 liters of potable water per person per day in domestic households. Processed greywater can be used to water plants and flush toilets too.
At Under the Sun by Fortius Infra, we have implemented an efficient rainwater harvesting system. In fact, Under the Sun has been accorded the prestigious ‘Platinum Pre-Certification’ by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), corresponding to the Platinum Rating under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) of the US Green Building Council. Platinum Rating represents the highest rating available under the green building scheme, which indicates superior performance under the six key categories – Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design.
And always remember, you never know the worth of water until the wells run dry! So start using water in smarter ways.