Reducing Water Waste

The planet’s natural resources are critical to our survival and well-being. Clean air, water, and soil are the pillars of our existence. But, all too often, we approach our usage of these resources with careless abandonment, as if we’re guaranteed an endless supply, especially in regards to water. In actuality, quite a few estimates of future water availability paint a grim picture. Based on average household usage, coupled with population growth, sustainability is compromised. There simply won’t be enough water available.
Water rationing will become a common occurrence and access to clean water will be a commodity. Conservation, therefore, becomes the key to stemming this tide. Fortunately, a campaign for smart use has steadily gained momentum over the past few decades. This includes both home and industrial solutions.

Consider Your Own Water Waste

Consider your own daily routine and the ways in which you use water. Washing dishes, clothes, and toilet flushes. These account for quite a bit of water. Other uses round out the picture for an estimated total of 75 gallons (0.28 m³) per person. Did you know that, although nearly 70% of the world is covered in water, freshwater only makes up 2.5% of the total? That’s really not much to work with if we’re not careful in our sustainable, recyclable, and conservation efforts.

Reduce Your Use

Often, the best ideas start small. Reducing our impact on this planet comes from actualizing effective conservation methods and living a more balanced approach. For water locally, the key to effective conservation can simply be a measured reduction in use. Processing clean water for a population is costly. If the amounts being consumed in homes was lessened, the energy necessary to process reduces.

Now, think back to your daily routine. How often is water running without actually being used? Here are a few daily tasks to consider and how you can go about them being more mindful:

  • Brushing teeth; Wet the brush, and turn the water off while you brush. Also, fill up a cup of water for the rinse.
  • Washing dishes: Put in the sink stopper or use a wash bowl to avoid running the faucet unnecessarily.
  • Clothes: Use a small load setting, when you can. Assess if clothing items really need a wash. You won’t wear your clothes out as fast, too.
  • Shower time: Although a long, hot shower might be necessary now and then, make most of them quick. Baths are also big water wasters, as opposed to showers. An in-line water heater can also reduce energy usage and the time running the water to reach an acceptable temperature.
  • Appliances: There are many types of water using appliances that have greater efficiency in reducing usage and consumer utility costs.
  • Leaks; Outside spigots and toilets often have slow leaks, which we don’t see or don’t consider, but they do build up over time.

Habits and Habitats

Beyond our own homes, we can also impact water usage through our consumer and individual choices. The use of water in our food supplies is one of the biggest strains on the planet. Irrigating crops and watering livestock is only growing, in response to our own growing consumptions.  The positive news is there are numerous alternatives becoming widely accessible and accepted into menus and dining room tables around the world.

Water Reducing Products

Plant-based food products often use less water, products like LENTEIN represent a good for you, good for the world benefit.

LENTEIN is made of water lentils, which are minimally processed, and are highly sustainable. 98% of the water used in making this superfood is recycled. The end result is a protein-packed complete food source, which can revolutionize our eating habits, our health, and overall resource consumption. When considering how to reduce your own water waste, check out products like LENTEIN and Real Source to make a small difference with a big impact.