Water is a resource that we use every day. Many see oceans and lakes and assume we have plenty to go around. In reality though, only a small percentage of the Earth’s water is fresh water. Fresh water is a precious resource and is very limited. It is what we need to survive. It’s easy to leave the water faucet running and not consider the consequences. Why is it important to conserve water? Here are a few reasons.
Water is Life
I think it goes without saying, but I’m going to mention it anyway, living organisms need water to survive. Yes, that means you and me, too. The human body is over 60% water, and as you can imagine, about one week without it is as far as you’ll get. Just like when you don’t water your plants outside, they wilt and then die. The same is true for all organisms. Without fresh water, life on Earth will cease to exist. Water is also necessary in the production of food and almost everything else we buy and use each day. Water also provides transportation and energy. It is vital to our everyday existence.
Save Water, Save Money
If the whole “water is life” thing doesn’t make you want to protect it, money will usually do the trick. Conserving water can save you money. If you limit your water use, fix leaks and install a water-saving shower head or toilet, you can save thousands of gallons of water a year. That translates into money. Maybe you don’t care about that, but how about your water company charging you less each month? Conserving water in our underground aquifers keeps water treatment costs lower, which keeps your water bill lower. The more the water has to be treated, the more it costs you and me. In addition, an energy-efficient water softener can lead to longer lasting appliances, dishes and clothing.
Conserving water can also conserve energy. We know that water can be used to produce electricity. The Hoover Dam, for example, uses the power of flowing water that, when harnessed, can produce electricity. However, conserving water actually saves energy by reducing the power needed to transfer it from place to place. In addition, water used in the home is often heated. If you reduce your hot water usage, you are also saving the energy needed to heat it.
Now we know that it (usually) continues to rain and snow each year, so our water supply is always replenished. However, because of the growing population, we are using fresh water faster than our aquifers can handle. On top of that, there are future droughts to be considered. No one knows what the future holds. We need to take action now so that future generations are ready for whatever issues may come their way. We can all make small changes now that will total up to big ones later!