Water is essential; is related to every productive activity and its importance to life makes it fundamental for a high quality of life.
To guarantee the existence of this resource, we all need to act responsibly with it. We can contribute our grain of sand by adopting some practices both inside and outside home, and promoting its care spreading information through internet, our friends and family.
Reduce your impact on water is as simple as this:
- Use the washing machine and the dishwasher only for full loads of laundry or dishes. Big loads need less water than a lot of little ones. Save energy by turning off the automatic dryer and letting clothes dry naturally.
- Take shorter showers and turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth; it will prevent clean water going down the drain.
- Turn off the lights and unplug battery chargers. Water is consumed in every kind of energy generation. To keep a 60 watt light bulb on, more than 4 gallons of water are needed.
- Use biodegradable cleaning products. Water with this products goes down the drains and arrives in streams, rivers and bays, polluting important sources of water.
- Replace meat at least in one meal at week. To make a hamburger, about 600 gallons of water are needed.
Out of home:
- Plant a tree in your garden, in the garden of a friend or other space. Trees help keep soil in place and prevent water to drain to streams and lakes, reducing the possibility of floods and allowing a greater amount of rainwater to seep into groundwater reserves.
- Garden irrigation is the major source of domestic water consumption. Following these steps can help reduce the impact:
• Water the yard or garden early in the morning or afternoon, because water will evaporate less rapidly.
• Adjust sprinklers to avoid waste water in sidewalks or paved areas.
• Sweep the courtyards and sidewalks instead of watering them. It causes waste of water and carries contaminants into freshwater systems.
• Restrict the use of pesticides. Pesticides are the only substance intentionally introduced into our environment to kill living things. These are potentially dangerous to people, pets, wildlife and will eventually reach our freshwater supply.
- When walking in natural ecosystems, check your equipment to avoid carry with you possible invasive materials. Invasive species seeds can stuck in your boots, bags or other elements, causing problems in water, such as erosion or an increase of water absorption in native species or bacteria in lakes.
- Offer your support for cleanups in streams or wetland restoration.
- Organize trips to rivers and lakes, and lead others in order to awake their interest in water activities (swimming, kayaking, canoeing, etc.) People protect the things they like.