The True Value of Water, an Irreplaceable Resource

The Woman Post gives you some tips to save water in your home.

The Woman Post | María Carolina Rivero

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At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the most affected population is those living in informal settlements. This was because washing your hands is important to prevent contagion. However, globally more than 3 billion people lack adequate access to handwashing. That is why vulnerable groups do not benefit from this vital resource.

A recent United Nations report on Water Development 2021 named "The Value of Water" by Richard Connor water reveals the value and valuation process, from the different user and stakeholder approaches, with calculation technologies to express it. In addition, the data collected show the valuation of water with perspectives linked to water resources, infrastructure, and services. Even, as a contribution to production and as socio-cultural values to address discernment, study, and requirements.

On the other hand, most natural resources cause inequalities and produce inefficient and unsustainable implementation. That is why the entities seek different perspectives for the valuation of water and to normalize guidelines that guide in reducing the gaps. Here are five recommendations to save drinking water at home.

1. Avoid Having the Faucet Permanently Open

Especially while scrubbing dishes, washing your hands, or brushing your teeth. Hand washing should be for at least 15 seconds (the ideal time is 30 seconds) and requires a good rub. In addition, it is important to include the fingers, wrists, and nails with plenty of warm water and soap. According to the Organization of Ecologists in Action, 12 liters are spent for every minute that the tap remains open.

Washing dishes or brushing teeth usually takes more than a minute and influences the number of people in the household. In addition, in some families that implement dishwashers in this case the expense is increased. That is why The Woman Post recommends you to lather all the dishes and then rinse in a container. Also, use a glass of water to brush and turn off the tap while soaping your hands.

2. Take a Dip Instead of Taking a Bath

Bathing in the bathtub requires consuming 150 to 250 liters of water, but the water expenditure of the shower is around 50 to 100 liters. This action allows people in the household, not to wastewater. In addition, it is feasible to reuse water from children's bathtubs for household cleaning. Remember that all water drops count for the care of the environment!

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3. Take Care of Drinking Water Leaks in the Faucets

Water leaks involve large losses of vital resources and the expenditure of money over time. However, if you constantly check the pipes you will avoid these excessive consumptions on your bill.

4. Swap Your Traditional Appliances for Appliances With ECO Programs

New technologies have allowed the washing machine and dishwasher to have ECO programs, that is, they save significantly on water and electrical energy. These artifacts generate great savings of approximately 50% of both resources. Other appliances such as the fridge and TVs only implement energy savings.

5. Rationalize the Irrigation of Your Plants

Implementing the drip system for your plants is a very ideal solution since you can store rainwater in a container with a lid so that your plants maintain a permanent risk. Keep in mind that plants produce the valuable oxygen that is required in our lives.

In short, recycling and water conservation are important parts of human life. Even at this crucial moment in life, because it is the only way to fight the health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing has become as important as the requirement of clean water and basic household sanitation to combat the invisible enemy.

Let's take care of that small percentage of our planet's freshwater!

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