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World Water Day - March 22: Will You Be Celebrating?

world-waterOn March 22nd, 2017, the world will be celebrating World Water Day. This occasion serves to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management and preservation of this precious resource.

Water is essential to life itself, and with the increase of urbanization and lifestyle changes, our consumption of freshwater is steadily rising.

What is the Water Crisis?

Our freshwater resources are becoming scarce due to factors produced by the actions of mankind, including:

Increased Water Consumption: Water used for irrigation purposes, agriculture, domestic households, industrial production processes, etc., make up much of our water consumption. Along with the increase in human population and urbanization of individuals, our reliance on and wastefulness of this necessary resource have us using more water than ever before.

Environmental Crisis: The destructive effects of extreme water use show in aquatic ecosystems and the species that live within them. When these environments are disturbed, natural balances cannot be regulated.

The Importance of Water Conservation

water-dropNow, more than at any other time on our planet, humans are wasting freshwater in all capacities. Although drastic lifestyle changes may one day be necessary, there are a few methods of conservation that can help us maintain a healthy water supply:

  • The overall reduction in water loss and usage.
  • Avoiding the pollution of aquatic ecosystems and maintaining the quality of freshwater.
  • Improving water management, therefore enhancing the beneficial use of water. Ex: using water sustainably and for the benefit of all humans.

Environmentalists are currently advocating for the increased production of water-efficient crops and lowering the amount of factory-raised meat produced, as meat production uses a much higher amount of water than that vegetation production.

Groundwater is a main source of fresh water for a heavy population of people around the world. Therefore, protecting this water that exists underground is of dire importance. Minimizing the use of uncontrolled hazardous waste, disposing of chemical waste safely, and reducing the amount of garbage produced all help to protect groundwater.

How to Conserve Water at Home

By making a few affordable improvements to your home’s plumbing system, you can effectively reduce the amount of water used on a daily basis. Have a plumbing professional install a few of these water-saving technologies in your household:

  • running-shower-headLow-flow showerheads (also known as energy-efficient showerheads).
  • Low-flush toilets.
  • Dual-flush toilets. These toilets have two different levers or buttons to flush different levels of water and use up to 67% less water than conventional toilets.
  • Faucet aerators break up the flow of water from a tap. These aerators deliver the same effect while using less water.
  • Automatic (timed) faucets.
  • Garden hose nozzles.

Small changes throughout your household plumbing system make a big difference in the amount of water you use daily. For more information on having a plumbing professional in Orlando, FL, install water-saving technology in your home, contact the experts at Shamrock Plumbing & Drain Cleaning at (407) 292-8881.

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