Isn’t Water Renewable? So Why Conserve?
December 8, 2011
Today we want to talk about water conservation. It’s true that there’s a finite amount of water no matter what we do. The amount of water on Earth will always remain the same. We can’t run out of water because water continuously works its way through the water cycle. It’s a renewable resource. Well, this is confusing: why, then, should we conserve?
|We recently published a book called Explore Water! 25 Great Projects, Activities, Experiments. In it, we explain that because each stage of the water cycle takes differing amounts of time to complete, water can sometimes be hard to access. Water spends a very brief amount of time as rain or snow, but water in lakes can take decades to cycle. Water in oceans, or trapped in glaciers, takes even longer to cycle – up to thousands of years! So in areas of little or no precipitation, water becomes almost non-renewable. Once the water is used up, it doesn’t return for a long, long time.|
This is why we need to think as a global community and conserve. And if you think these problems can’t show up in North America, think again! If you live in California, you are probably aware that your water system is in crisis.
California has a giant population of people who need water for their own consumption. And it has a huge farming industry that needs water to grow crops. But California doesn’t have reliable water! The state is susceptible to prolonged droughts throughout the year. And when it does rain, 75% of the rain in California falls in the northern part of the state, while 75% of water demand is in the southern part of the state, where the farms are located. Climate change and population growth will continue to strain the situation in California and other parts of North America.
10 Easy Ways to Conserve Water!
- Don’t let the water run while rinsing dishes and soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
- Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
- Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
- Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Compost vegetable food waste instead and save gallons every time.
- For cold drinks keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
- Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.
- If your shower fills a one-gallon bucket in less than 20 seconds, replace the showerhead with a water-efficient model.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
- Water your plants deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth and drought tolerance.
If you have other ideas for conserving water in your daily life that you’d like to share, we can all benefit so leave us a comment!
Pam at Nomad