Water, our most precious resourceFirst let's look at some numbers and why water is so precious.
- Water covers about 71% of the earth's surface.
- 97% of the earth's water is found in the oceans (too salty for drinking, growing crops, and most industrial uses except cooling).
- Only 3% of the earth's water is fresh.
- Out of these 3%, 2.5% of the earth's fresh water is unavailable: locked up in glaciers, polar ice caps, atmosphere, and soil; highly polluted; or lies too far under the earth's surface to be extracted at an affordable cost.
- Which leaves only 0.5% of the earth's water available fresh water.
A water global shortage
By 2025, it is estimated than :
- 1.8 billion people will live in areas plagued by water scarcity, with two-thirds of the world’s population living in water-stressed regions.
785 million people in the world live without clean water. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family. More than one-third of Africa’s population lacks access to safe drinking water.
Water scarcity can mean scarcity in availability due to physical shortage, or scarcity in access due to the failure of institutions to ensure a regular supply or due to a lack of adequate infrastructure. Water use has been growing globally at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century, and an increasing number of regions are reaching the limit at which water services can be sustainably delivered, especially in arid regions.
Five water-saving tips in your bathroom
We all know water is a commodity we take for granted, but when water shortages hit, we realise how essential it is to our daily life. In New Zealand, the average person uses 227 litres of water per day and 70% of it is being used in the bathroom!
Here are a few tips to save our precious water in the bathroom
- Switch to a low flow shower head
- Keep your showers under 4min & reassess how often you need to wash your hair
- Turn off the tap! When you brush your teeth, when you are shampooing, cleansing or shaving…
- Don't turn your water faucet all the way up when in use
- Switch to waterless beauty products : traditional beauty cleansing products contain 80-95 per cent water and we often have to add more water when using them. By switching to Dust&Glow you will save on average 3L of water & 3 plastic bottles vs. liquid alternatives
- And if you want to go the extra mile, you can also shower with your plants or a buddy