Today, March 22nd, is World Water Day, and on reading this you will understand the importance of water and what we should all give it.
The color of our body and the planet
If we had to define ourselves using a color we would say blue. Let me tell you why; as we all know water is transparent, yet it has always been associated to the color blue. We know our bodies are made up of 70% water, like our brains. The blood running through it is 80% water and lungs 90%.
Hang on! It doesn’t finish here. What color is our planet? Well, if 70% is made up of water, then we logically associate to blue. Did you realize, that both us and the planet we live in ARE WATER?
So, how can we not look after it
When saying most of the planet is water, you might think there is loads of water in the world, and that it’s not something essential to be look after or that its shortage is quite likely. Well, that was a mistake. Water shortage is a real problem today. If you stop and think about it, we’re consuming water from the time we get up to the time we go to bed. A person can survive a whole month without eating anything yet only a week without drinking water. Out of all the water which makes up the earth only 3% is freshwater, and the majority of it is frozen.
Saving water in households:
From El Naturalista we’d like to give you a series of straightforward pieces of advice which we can all do in our day to life, which will also save enormous amount of water.
Shower instead of a bath, and instead of letting the initial cold water drain away until it heats, we can use this for cooking or watering plants, which is another daily practice that can help us.
Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth, shaving, washing the dishes or shampooing your hair.
Soak frying pans and saucepans instead of letting the water run.
Wash fruit and vegetables in a bowl instead of holding under the tap.
Use low consumption domestic appliances (which are energy certified). Although more expensive, they make for a long-term investment.
Use dishwasher and washing machine with full load. Whilst it might seem obvious and could save you up to 3,000/month, many people put the dishwasher or washing machine on without having filled completely, thereby wasting water and electricity during washes. Another tip is to wash dark clothes in cold water to save electricity and water.
Water plants at night because the lack of sunlight enables to absorb water better and thereby need less.
If you’ve got a swimming pool, make sure it has no leaks and is fitted with a recirculation pump.
This is our advice for savings in the household. If you think there’s anything missing from this list, please let us know.