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Everyday in America we waste billions of gallons of water with no regard to the fact that in many other people in countries across the globe, would fight to have the water that we waste. People here do not understand the importance of water conservation. If we had to drink the water that some people have to drink everyday, I think that we would all focus a little more on the water that we all, so regretfully, waste in our lives.
The conservation of water is really an global issue that we should all be a part of. It is something that everyone can get behind no matter what your background is, where you’ve come from, or what your beliefs are. It’s a simple fact that conservation water is incredibly important and there are human lives at stake.
We let clean water go down the drain when we rinse our dishes, brush our teeth, wash our hands, and shower or bathe. We waste millions of gallons of water from swimming pools by not doing something as simple as putting a cover on them, to keep out the dirt. We think our vehicles have to be washed and shiny. Bathtubs have grown to hold an extraordinary amount of water for us to bathe in. We flush the toilet constantly, whether it really needs it or not. Our gardens and lawns are watered on a regular basis.
Just stop and think about how much we take our readily available, clean water for granted. Think about what it would be like to cook with muddy water. What would it be like to bathe in this same dirty water. Now picture having to take your child to a water hole, that you know
is probably polluted, to get a drink of the only water that you can find. For these reasons we all need to step up and make a change. Not only do we need to be more appreciative of our clean water, we need to do all we can to get clean water to those who don’t have it.
Everyday people are dying, just because their water is full of disease and pollution. They are also dying because they have no water at all. What does it say about us, if we choose to turn away from these problems? If we do not change our wasteful ways, this very well could be where we are going to bein the coming years. Conservation is definitely where we all need to start.
Open your eyes and pay attention to how much water you actually need, and how much water you just waste. Stop letting the water run unnecessarily. Take a short shower instead of a long bath. When you do have to let the water run a bit to get hot, catch the cold water and use it to water your plants.
It is okay if your car is a little dirty. These are just a tiny amount of the things that we can all do to conserve water. Look around you and you will see many more.
The importance of water is obvious; it’s just about everywhere, and it’s in every living thing. Water is an important part of your diet because it helps the body perform specific metabolic tasks that your body goes through every day.
First off, water is important for the regulation of body temperature. As you know, you’re a mammal. Mammals have to keep their temperature within a certain range. For humans this is a range close to the optimal temperature of 98.6ºF. If you get too hot, damage to the body’s most important system, the brain, occurs. Our bodies are able to keep cool by sweating. Your body combats overheating by emitting sweat, which is mostly water, out of pores that cover almost our entire body. If you are ever out in the heat and you stop sweating, this is a sure sign you are dehydrated. Get out of the heat, and slowly drink water. Slow is the key here, because if you take in to much water too quickly you may begin vomiting, which will only make the situation worse and could end in hospitalization.
Beyond just sweat, water is also a major component of bodily fluids that help the body function properly like blood and saliva. Much of the fluid that gives the cells of our body their shape is water. Without water in those cells, they would look like deflated balloons. This is why it’s important to take in water by drinking at least 8-12 glasses of water a day, as well as intake via foods like fruits and vegetables which are full of water as well.
Water in your diet is also required to keep the skin looking and feeling healthy. Without enough water, you risk having dry skin and chapped lips. While there may be other factors involved with those conditions, drinking some water is the quickest and easiest treatment to try first.
Unlike camels, and other animals, we can not store water within our bodies. We have to drink water every single day to stay in peak health. We can store food in our fat, so we can go weeks without it, but without water you would not last more than a couple days. This is why you have to understand the importance of water in your diet.
In 1992 the United Nations declared March 22nd World Water Day. The first World Water day was observed in 1993. Each year the UN uses World Water Day to call to attention a specific aspect of water conservation and the importance of water. This year the theme is “Clean Water for a Healthy World.”
Access to clean water is necessary for health and hygiene. As Americans, we tend to forget howlucky we are in having access to a plentiful supply of clean water. Unfortunately, there are places in the world, including parts of the U.S., where people are not nearly so lucky. Their search for clean water is a daily struggle, and there are days when they simply go without, or make due with substandard water.
Millions of people each year are affected by waterborne illnesses due to the lack of a clean water supply. While you should be doing your part every day to help keep water clean, today is a day for taking your effort to the next level. You could give to a water charity, or seek community events in your area that have organized today to clean up the shores of local waterways. Even doing something as small as repairing a leaky faucet can save hundred of gallons of clean water a year. If you’ve been putting off that repair job, today’s the day to get to it.
Every living organism needs water to survive. Plants need water to make food. All animals depend on plants for food either directly or indirectly. Therefore without water, all life forms will cease to exist. With the ever increasing population, water is becoming a scarce commodity. To worsen this situation, the few available sources of water for consumption by living organisms are being depleted at an alarming rate. Careless release of wastes into water bodies is also a major problem today. If nothing is done to reverse the situation, then it is predicted that it will be extremely hard to find clean water in future.
It is obvious that direct consumption by plants and animals is top among uses of water. Water has many other important functions such as washing, transportation, recreation, industrial applications, chemical uses, fire extinguishing among other uses. There is no other solvent that can be used to serve all these functions of water. This further stresses the importance of water in life. Without it life will be extremely difficult. Therefore everyone is charged with the responsibility of taking care of water because survival depends on it.
There is a lot that an individual can do to conserve this precious commodity. They all aim at reducing the amount of water wasted every single day. Examples of thing you can do to conserve water include:
- Turning off the tap when shaving, brushing teeth, doing dishes, washing the hands and so on. Why should you leave the tap running when you are not using the water? While you soap up, turn the tap off to prevent unnecessary wastage of water. Turn it on only when you want to rinse.
- Wait until you have full load before washing dishes or clothes. Do not wash just because you want to wear the same clothes tomorrow. Modern dishwasher can be used to save water compared to the use of hands. Check the water usage of a washing machine or dish washer before buying.
- Check for leaks. A lot of water can go into waste if your plumbing is leaking. Ensure that the whole plumbing system is watertight. Do not allow even a single drop of water to leak.
- As you wait for hot water, catch all the cold water that flows out first. This water can be useful in doing something else.
- Ensure that you take shorter showers. Challenge yourself to reduce your showering time. Turn off the shower when you soap up.
- Install a low flush toilet. There are many low flush toilets that work efficiently and use only a small amount of water. Upgrade to this kind of toilets to save on the amount of water consumed in each flushing.
- Water your lawn or garden at night. Watering during the day wastes a lot of water due to evaporation. Evaporation rate at night is slow, giving the water more time to soak in the soil.
- Cover the swimming pool when it is not in use. This helps to maintain the volume of water by cutting down the evaporation rates.
- Wash your car at the car wash. Car washes collect the water and reuse it to wash other cars. Cars washes may also use less water than the amount you use at home.
- Water you plants deeply but less frequently. This helps to encourage plants form deeper root. With the growth of deep roots, the plants will need water less frequently.
These are just few of the things that can be done to conserve water. More can be done to minimize the amount of water that goes into waste. Check how you use water and identify the activities which waste a lot of water and make changes. Don’t wait until there is real water scarcity to learn the importance of water.
Due to the threat of water scarcity, many organizations have been set up to conserve water. All these organizations have been made by people who understand the importance of water to the world and know that there will be no life without water. These organizations include Global Water, the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and American Rivers among others. They all have the same goal, that is, to ensure that water is conserved and our waterways are kept as clean as possible so that every person and other organisms in the world today and in future can enjoy access to clean water.
The importance of water can’t be overstated when it comes to life on Earth. Over 70% of the Earth is covered in water, and without water there simply is no life. There are many life forms that can live with very little water, but nothing living on Earth exists without water. A fluid is needed for the transportation of the nutrients that are required by all living things. All life on Earth uses water as this fluid medium. This makes sense since it is so abundant on our planet and it remains liquid in a wide variety of climates and temperatures.
Possibly greater than the importance of water itself, is the importance of clean water. Most living things require a certain type of water to live. For example, fish in the ocean need salt water. Moreover, different fish live at different depths because they’ve adapted to a particular level of salt in the water combined with the temperature at that level. If that water isn’t clean, that balance changes and those life forms have a more difficult time surviving. Humans require very clean water to live. We must have water that is free of chemicals and diseases. Various other life forms can live on different levels of cleanliness in their water, but wild changes in the type of water ingested can severely affect any living thing. Increasing the contaminates and chemicals in water sources can throw entire ecologies out of whack, killing the life within in them. This illustrates the importance of water to life and it shows why clean water is so important; it’s our job as humans to do what we can to keep these contaminates out of the water.
How can you demonstrate your knowledge of the importance of water? Doing some simple things on a day to day basis can help you can do to help keep water clean for every living thing. For example, don’t dump chemicals and contaminants down the drain. This may seem like common sense but it happens every day. People dump things like anti-freeze, motor oil and other contaminants down the drain or right on their lawn (this includes pesticides!) because it’s easier for them. These people are lazy and they obviously don’t understand the importance of water. Don’t be that guy. There are appropriate places to dispose of these chemicals either at your local mechanic, or a hazardous waste facility. Another helpful tip is to use Earth friendly products. Products that are deemed Earth friendly or “Green” have been determined to be less harmful to the environment. You can find Earth friendly products ranging from dish soap to fertilizer. Though these products tend to be a little more expensive, they are worth it in the long run because they help our planet and our water to stay clean.
These are just a few things that demonstrate the importance of water. As humans, we do the most damage to our water supply, and it is up to us to do small things to make big changes in the cleanliness of Earth’s water. For more information check out the “Things You Can Do” at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website.