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Household Water Conservation: Water Matters

More than seven billion people consume water all over the planet. With the population going through the roof, demand for water continues to intensify.

World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that “only 0.007% of total global water supply” is safe for consumption. About 97.5% of the earth’s water is salty, while only 2.5 percent—where the 0.007 percent has been taken from—is the freshwater supply that the whole planet consumes.

This minuscule amount, which billions of people share, is putting a lot of pressure on the world’s most precious resource. WHO’s latest progress report confirms that “2.1 billion people lack safe water at home,” which simply means that distribution of the supply is not at all in equal measure.

With these figures in mind, there needs to be collective action to avoid completely depleting the water resource. To areas where supply is abundant, water conservation should be adopted as a way of life.

You’d be surprised to know the amount of water that can be saved if you start becoming mindful of your daily consumption. The infographic below shows how many gallons an average person consumes and how much of that is consumed per minute.

Bathroom fixtures like showerheads, tubs, and toilets take a massive chunk of the yearly water allocation. Kitchen necessities, things that people don’t pay much attention to, like the sink or leaks, are major water squanderers as well. Each item in these two household rooms has a corresponding water usage that most people may not be aware of. Good thing, there are a few water saving bathroom fixtures that may be of great help.

Beyond household consumption, the infographic gives a clear outline of water usage from industries and irrigation systems. Indoor and outdoor use differ in levels of usage and wastage. The visual graphics provide snippets of each and insights on a few water-saving efforts that you can do today.

Knowing just how much water you use daily can lead to a better understanding of how much water you can save at home. Awareness is always the building block of affirmative action. This infographic emphasizes the effects of not caring about water and what happens to those who have limited access to it if household consumers don’t do their part and start bringing down daily water consumption soon.

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