Can’t you conserve a bucket of water?

Water is being used as if it is a never-ending source. Obviously, we cannot decide how much rain we will get, nor can we predict to a good degree of accuracy when would rain occur. Thus, the only thing we can do to save ourselves from the dangerous situation of “lack of water to drink while we are thirsty” is to conserve water.

Conserve Water

Let us ask ourselves how much water is wasted when we brush our teeth due to the non-stop flow from the tap? Water is also excessively used, rather wasted, while washing the clothes and cleaning the dishes. Flushing the toilet sometimes excessively when just two mugs of water is sufficient — which is of course the sign of laziness — is another cause of excess water loss. If just one person wastes so much water, we can well imagine the amount of water wasted by a family, a town, a city, nay, an entire nation.

Most of us know about these things. Knowing is one thing but realising it and taking steps to remedy the situation is crucial. We can impart the need for water conservation in our children in our school; the alarming decline in water resources and the ever-increasing need for the precious life giving liquid should be taught to the younger generation today so that they will become responsible citizens tomorrow.

That apart, what can we do? If we are really serious about the situation, we should act now. We can all conserve at least a bucket of water everyday if we are prudent in using the scarce resource. Please remember, a bucket of water saved by every individual everyday in our country of billion-plus means enormous.

We may become richer if we have a lot of gold reserves, but we will die if we don’t have water. In olden times, people used to say that a person is spending money like water when he is spending too much. If we continue in that fashion, the situation may get reversed. We need to create a situation where a person will spend water like money. A country with more water reserves will be richer than one which has more money. And in the country like India where agriculture is the primary occupation for many people, water conservation is a must.

Y. Phanindra – From THE HINDU

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Call to conserve water resources

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:  KU Syndicate member Dr Padmakumar on Friday asked students to take all possible measures to conserve the precious water resources in the State. He was inaugurating a one-day seminar on Water Resource Management organised jointly by the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kerala and WWF-India at the KU Department of Environmental Sciences, Kariavattom.

 In his inaugural address, Padmakumar highlighted the international, national and local scenario of water resource, availability and management. He stressed on the fact that even though figures show that much water is present, the real availability is very much doubtful.  George Chackacherry from CWRDM spoke on the general aspects of water resources of Kerala. A.S.K. Nair from CESS detailed on the decentralised approach of water source management with case study from Thiruvananthapuram.

Dr P.S. Harikumar from CWRDM spoke on the various aspects of water quality, particularly in the Kerala scenario.  The seminar was held for the graduate and post-graduate students of the various departments of the University. Around 120 students from various departments and nearby institutions participated in the one-day programme.  Subash Chandra Bose, former director, CCDU, Kerala Water Authority,  explained to the audience in simple language the various technical aspects of water conservation tools and techniques. Jojo T.D., Programme Officer, ATREE, an NGO working in Alappuzha, explained his experiences with regard to the conservation of Vembanad lake.  V. Sobha, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Renjan Mathew Varghese, State Director, WWF-India also spoke on the occasion

From Express Buzz

Water – Conserving water also cuts greenhouse gases

By MIKE REILLY – PressDemocrat

Recent Press Democrat reports document that peak water demand in our region exceeds current delivery capability. This underscores the importance of everyone becoming more involved in water conservation.

There is one other compelling reason for water conservation that has not been discussed. Saving water also means significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Conserve Water

First, some simple but dramatic facts about water and energy use and greenhouse gas:

* Twenty percent of all energy consumed in California is used moving water from one place to another.

* Each household annually uses approximately 110,000 gallons of water (about one-third of an acre foot).

* The energy to supply and dispose of one acre foot of water takes about 775 kilowatt-hours. (A kilowatt hour is equal to using a 1,000-watt appliance for one hour.)

* About one pound of carbon dioxide is produced for each killowatt-hour.

There are simple solutions available to all of us that would significantly reduce water use and greenhouse gas emissions at the same time without crimping our lifestyles. Households can save money, water, energy and reduce greenhouse gas levels in three relatively easy steps.

First, install 1.5 gallon-per-minute showerheads; second, install one gallon or less per flush toilets; and third, install high efficiency tier 3, front-loading washing machines. Installing these water efficient appliances could reduce a single household’s water use by 25,000 gallons per year, plummeting energy use by 1,600 kilowatt-hours, thus reducing 553 pounds of greenhouse gas – a savings of almost 25 percent over current household averages. For every acre-foot of water that is delivered by the Sonoma County Water Agency to cities and districts, approximately 700 pounds of carbon dioxide is released into our atmosphere. This includes the energy needed to pump, treat and transport water to our homes and also for the collection, treatment and disposal of our wastewater.

The clock is ticking. In 2005, all nine cities, the county and the water agency adopted the Sonoma County Climate Protection Campaign, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2015. We now have fewer that six years to meet that commitment.

Some of these improvements are relatively inexpensive. Others are less so.

Residents can get efficient showerheads for free at any local water supplier or at the Sonoma County Water Agency. The Sonoma County Energy Independence Program offers low-interest loans to pay for these energy saving appliances and other household energy improvements through the county.

More can and must be done. Cities and water districts can’t rest on their laurels. Local governments, rather than clamoring for more and more water, should institute smart public programs to help their customers directly install water efficient appliances. They must put their money where there mouths are and provide rebate incentives and/or direct installation options. This is much like the free water smart home audits being performed by several cities which have been wildly successful in educating homeowners about how to find and repair leaks or the clunkers for cash federal program that has gone through the roof.

As our elected officials strategize on how to recover from the current recession and the devastation to local budgets, they should realize that by helping their customers install water efficient appliances, they are protecting their future supply of water, energy and our planet — all of which are priceless. They are also making good on their greenhouse gas reduction commitments made in 2005.

As they say, strike while the iron is hot — and that iron is steaming hot right now with a drought, recession and global warming.

Six years will fly by.

The cities and water districts can make a huge difference by offering incentives now so that every household can take advantage of this opportunity to save water while reducing their carbon footprint.

Mike Reilly is a former Sonoma County Supervisor and director of the Water Agency.