Today is the 25th World Water Day, and this year the theme for the day is “Nature for Water”, which focusses on finding nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
Damaged ecosystems affect the quality and quantity of water available for human consumption, so preserving and caring for our environment can help to improve the water crisis currently facing the world. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution, as this will improve the quantity and quality of drinking water available. We can all be a part of achieving this goal.
Water is a precious commodity but it is often easy to forget how lucky we are to have clean drinking water available to us. Even with the water shortage in the Cape the vast majority of us have access to sufficient fresh, clean water to live comfortably. We all need to think about those who cope every day without such access. Anything we can do as individuals to reduce our water consumption is worthwhile, and anything we can do to preserve our natural environment will help to keep our water clean.
Ways to save water
- Check all faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks
- Install water saving showerheads if possible
- Take shorter showers
- Never use your toilet as another dustbin
- Turn off water while brushing your teeth or shaving
- Rinse vegetables and dishes in a sink or pan of water, not under running water
- Always do full loads of laundry, not half loads
Remember that every little helps!