Water…a colorless, transparent, odorless, liquid that forms the seas, lakes, rivers, and rain and is the source of life for all the living creatures. It contributes to around 71% of Earth’s surface. Yes, pretty much we all know these facts for sure, but not all of us know that freshwater contributes to less than 1% of Earth’s water.
In less than seven years Egypt will be approaching a state of “absolute water scarcity”, as reported by the United Nations. Accordingly, conserving water now is more important than ever. Our initiative, “Save Egypt’s Water” (#SaveEgyptsWater), is mainly focused on raising awareness among the Egyptian community about the impending risk of a severe water crisis and the utmost importance of saving water. Our goal is to educate people on very simple ways to enjoy the same quality of life that they currently have while using less water. Here are some ways through which you can easily reduce your water consumption and #SaveEgyptsWater.
1. TURN OFF THE TAP WHILE BRUSHING YOUR TEETH
The number one daily routine we all do in the morning, evening or both is usually going to the sink, turning on the tap and brushing our teeth. But rarely do we consider the amount of water being wasted while keeping the tap on unnecessarily. The typical tap can waste up to 6 liters of fresh water per minute. By turning off the tap, you can save up to 70% of the water wasted, which contributes to around 500 Liters per month (500 Liters = 833 bottles of drinking water).
2. REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BUBBLE BATHS YOU TAKE
After a very long day at work, maybe a good read while having a bubble bath is one of the best and most common ideas that come into one’s mind to pamper and reward themselves. Unfortunately, this bubble bath is one of the most inadvisable things you can do to #SaveEgyptsWater. A bubble bath can consume up to 275 liters per bubble bath. This amount of water is almost equal to the amount used by an average household in Africa for an entire week.
3. TAKE SHORTER SHOWERS
What is more warming than a hot shower during winter or refreshing than a cold shower during summer? Does it still sound as refreshing when you know that 15 minutes of running water wastes an equivalent amount of 120L? We’re not saying you shouldn’t enjoy your showers, but we’re simply asking you to take into consideration the amount of water you can be saving. Turn off the shower after soaping up, then turn it back on to rinse. You can also install a simple shower timer, and actually have a shorter shower. No timer? No problem, set your mobile alarm. Every minute of shower you reduce saves up to around 240 Liters per Month (240L = our daily drinking water consumption of 120 days).
4. DO A PERIODICAL CHECKUP ON THE LEAKAGE
We often see our faucets, toilets, and showers dripping tiny drops of water all around the house, but how many times did we actually call the plumber to fix them? How many of us do regular checkups on water pipes to avoid any unnecessary dripping? No one most probably. Unfortunately, we have a reached a very grave water crisis level that we have to take care of these details we thought to be so trivial in the past. One faucet, allowing for drops at the rate of one drop per second, consumes around 11,000 liters per year. Yes, Eleven Thousand liters per year.
5. FLUSH ONLY WHEN NEEDED
Smokers can find it very convenient to flush their cigarettes in the toilets. Other people use the toilet as a wastebasket, flushing tissues, hair and sometimes paper. But, did you know, that for every round of flush, you waste around 6 liters of water? We at #SaveEgyptsWater believe that we should only use the toilet flush for flushing biological waste only.
During the Cape Town Crisis, people used to flush their toilets using the water they showered with.
6. EAT ONLY WHAT YOU NEED
They say, less is more. When you waste food, you are not only wasting food, you are wasting all of the value chain that has allowed this food to come to your serving dish. Water is one key element of food production. The less your food waste is, the more water you reserve. Studies show that Food Waste alone contributes to around 24% of our water consumption.
7. WASH IN FULL LOADS
Washing our clothes is a necessity. And washing them efficiently is as crucial. If you turn on the washing machine for partial loads, you will end up using your washing machine more often which means wasting more water than needed. A Typical cycle of a washing machine can use from 60 L to 110 L per wash. Wash in full loads, we need the water more than our clothes do!
We are lucky enough to still have water running at our homes. Our neighbors in South Africa had to stand in lines for hours to fill in their buckets and take them back home to their families. Imagine a day without water. This is what we are headed towards. And this IS our future if we do not start taking immediate actions.
We at #SaveEgyptsWater fear water waste. Close friends and family have lived the experience at Cape Town, where they were allowed very few liters of water to use each day. Our key objective is to make Egyptians live their lives normally, but with more awareness and more efficient use of water. If you want to know more, Visit our account on Instagram & Facebook @SaveEgyptsWater. We aim to reach out to every Egyptian and make them subconsciously & efficiently use water, because water is scarce. The famous Leonardo Da Vinci said that “Water is the driving force of all nature”. Our bodies consist of 60% water, mother earth is 71% water. Water is everything. Water is life. #SaveEgyptsWater.