Facts about water management

From hose pipe bans to floods, the summer of 2012 in the UK was indicative of the changing climate and rainfall patterns that area happening all over the world. For example, Mexico’s capital city is a sinking metropolis. Ground water depletion has made Mexico City sink 30 feet and as a result 2 million of its residents now lack piped water. In a totally different environment, the ice on Mount Kilimanjaro has shrunk 85% in 100 years; experts say the ice may have completely disappeared by 2060. Clean, safe water is becoming such a precious commodity that around 1.2 billion people have no access to clean water and yet in the western world, water conservation does not play a big part in our lives. As a result, we see this essential product being wasted nearly every day.

In the past century the world’s population has tripled and water consumption has increased six times over. The average person in the UK uses 150 litres of water a day, however, water consumption is not just about the water we drink or wash with. Have you considered the amount of water that is used in the manufacturing or production of the everyday products we us?   It takes 160 litres of water to produce a cup of coffee and an astonishing 12,250 litres of water to produce a burger not to mention 170 litres to produce a pint of beer! It’s no wonder with rising population and consumption that water supplies are under strain.

We can’t stop washing or eating, so how can we reduce our consumption of water? Well a few simple steps can make huge difference. If the entire population of England and Wales turned off the tap whilst brushing their teeth, a staggering 180 mega litres would be saved in one day, enough to supply nearly 500,000 homes and fill 180 Olympic swimming pools! That is a sign of a small measure making a huge difference. By changing one habit of a lifetime, we all could help make considerable positive changes to the environment. A dripping tap can waste 5500 litres of water a day, so you can see it is well worth ensuring your taps are not dripping at home or at work. By taking more showers than baths and using your used bath water to water your plants, these simple steps are easy to do without a huge change in the way you live your life.

Don’t forget to discuss water management with your boss and colleagues at work. By becoming more water efficient, your company’s water bills could be reduced by 30%. Also, by complying with existing and future environmental legislation your company would be reducing its carbon footprint as well as generating some very positive PR.


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