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Say Yes to Saving Pani (Water) - With #CuttingPani Initiative

Experts from NASA have warned that water table is dropping all over the world. And according to the Ganges basin in India is depleting fast due to the irrigation and population demands. 

Sorry for starting this blog on a scary note- but that’s the fact we all must digest and take some action to save water.

Let me give you some reliable facts from around the globe

  • Between the years of 2000-2050, the water demand globally is believed to increase by 55 percent
  • Mexico city which is built on ancient river beds is sinking at a rate of 9 inches per year
  • From 2011 to 2016 California suffered its worst water drought in 1200 years
  • Some experts say that water shortages around the world will lead to wars
  • Anders Berntell, executive director of 2030 Water Resources Group, suggests a link between water scarcity and Boko Haram and Al-Shabaab. He says that due to lack of natural resources, lack of water and degraded land, young people realize there is no livelihood and no future for them and so become easily radicalized.

Impressive ideas for water conservation by countries around the world

Making water a marketing commodity

The gold standard was Australia. It made water a tradable commodity and added a price on it. For example, if I grow only wheat and you grow grapes. Then I can sell water to you instead of irrigating the lower value crop.

Recycling effluent water

Another remarkable country is Israel which views water as a National security issue. Israel recycles effluent water and supplies about 140,000,000 cubic metrics of water for 50,000 acres of irrigated land. Even the waste sludge is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant that uses methane to produce renewable energy.

Desalination of sea water

Israel also desalinates water; it turns sea water into potable drinking water. Half of the country's drinking water now comes from desalination. But the process is quite expensive.

Rainwater capture

It is an old practice. Melbourne has a stormwater harvesting tank which can hold four million liters of partially treated water. Kerala in India and the US Virgin Islands have passed orders that all new buildings must have rainwater harvesting.

The Initiative by Livpure, #CuttingPani interestingly discusses how to save water in restaurants, homes, and offices in these YouTube videos. Have a look.

Saving water in restaurants

Saving water in your home

Saving water in the office

While we’ve discussed water conservation worldwide; now, we’ll consider simple tips to conserve water in your home.

Even if you’re not living in the drought-stricken area, saving water will reduce your utility bill. It also helps to conserve a precious resource.

Simple tips to conserve water in your home

  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and washing hands
  • Fix leaky faucets
  • Reuse water used for cleaning vegetables and fruits. You can even use the pasta cooking water to nourish your plants (but only after it is cooled down)
  • Head to the car wash or wipe your car with half a bucket of water and a sponge, instead of using a hose.
  • Some shower heads can use up to 5 gallons of water per minute, so shorten your shower time.
  • Invest in a low flow toilet, aerate your fixtures, opt for a water sense rated dishwasher and washing machine, and choose efficient shower heads.
  • Instead of lawn grow a xeriscaped landscape where you produce a mixture of succulents and other plants that thrive in drought conditions. You can grow cactus, sedum, purple sage, Joe-pye weed, lavender, Russian sage and so on. Your garden will use less water while buzzing with a wide array of colors.
  • Try to avoid running the dishwasher or washing machine until it is full.
  • Invest in a rain barrel. It is the best way to keep your garden plants hydrated.
  • Try to water the outdoor plants early in the morning.
  • Use less electricity
  • Go in for organic soaps, so the water you reuse isn’t harmful to your plants.
  • Try to use gray water. You can re-route water used for washing clothes to thinks like flushing the toilet.

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