Picture this; you rush out the door after a hectic morning getting the kids ready for school.
You are determined to get that morning run in, even though it will mean moving double speed when you get home to get ready for work.
OK, I’m not a runner, so it’s hard for me to picture this. But we’re playing an imagination game, so bear with me.
Halfway through the run, you realise in your haste you forgot your water bottle. And you are thirsty. Really thirsty.
The shop is no closer than home and you didn’t bring change so there’s nothing for it but to endure the thirst until you get home.
Your mouth is dry. You swallow a lot, but it doesn’t help. Your mouth tastes bad.
You had built up a sweat on the run but you are no longer sweating. You are experiencing muscle cramps and feel nauseous. Can you feel the thirst?
A headache is starting and you feel palpitations.
ASSUAGING THE THIRST
Now, picture this. You finally reach home, struggle to get in the door as you are feeling light-headed and head straight to the tap to fill a large glass with crystal clear water.
It’s that easy. You turn on the tap. Or go to your fridge to grab the jug of ice-cold water that originated from your tap.
You are lucky enough not to be one of the 748 million people who lack access to safe drinking water.
Your kids are not among the 700,000 children who die EACH DAY due to preventable diseases brought on by lack of access to safe water.
The most thirst you are likely to suffer is when you forget that water bottle on your run.
Half the world’s workers – around 1.5 billion people – work in water-related sectors, yet are often not recognised or protected by basic labour rights.
While we are reading articles on the benefits of drinking eight glasses a water a day – maybe mixing it up with some lemon water which is trending right now, women in African and Asian countries are walking up to six kilometres to collect water they will then carry home.
Australia is one of the driest continents on earth yet per capita, we consume the most water.
It’s easy to forget a few years ago when our main dam was running dangerously low and there were fears it would not be able to cater for the population of Sydney and surrounds.
New South Wales residents top the list for water consumption in this country.
On average, an Australian will use around 200 litres of water each day. Only five to 10 litres of this is necessary for basic survival.
On average in developing countries, a person uses 10 litres of water per day – the same amount used when we flush our toilets.
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE, BUT NOT A DROP TO DRINK
Around 71 per cent of the earth’s surface is covered in water. It’s in our air – water vapour – and in the ground. Yet the oceans hold 96.5 per cent of the planet’s water and unless desalinated, that water is undrinkable.
Water is the most critical resource issue of our lifetime and our children’s lifetime. The health of our waters is the principal measure of how we live on the land.
Day Zero is fast approaching for Cape Town in South Africa. The city is about to run out of water completely.
Water will be cut off to taps in all homes and most businesses as soon as July 6 (Day Zero), authorities are warning.
It’s not just developing countries suffering from water issues.
The Flint water crisis in Michigan, USA, has been ongoing since 2014 when the water source was changed.
Around half of all the water used in the home is in the bathroom.
A leaking toilet can waste more than 16,000 litres of water per year and a leaking tap wastes as much as 2000 litres per month.
Being water-wise does not mean we need to cut down on the amount we drink. In fact, there are really simple and inexpensive ways to cut water consumption and doing this not only helps the planet, but also the economy.
WAYS TO SAVE WATER
- Fix leaking taps.
- Invest in inexpensive water-efficient toilet flush and showerheads.
- Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth.
- Ensure your dishwasher and washing machine are full before using them.
- Front-loaders are more water-efficient.
- Sweep your verandas and driveways instead of using a hose to clean.
- Wash your car on the grass so the water is not wasted.
- Water your garden when it’s cool in the early morning and at night.
- When designing a garden, consider drought-tolerant plants.
- Waterproof terracotta pots before planting in them.
- Use water crystals when planting new plants.
- If possible, buy a rainwater tank to collect water.
Be water-wise and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.