You return home after a long day at work, rush to the washroom, and turn on the faucet to freshen up. But, much to your dismay, there isn't any water running. Now, let's go a step further. What if notified that this is going to be the way, henceforth? A nightmare in every sense of the word right? Well, indeed. Nobody wants to imagine life without clean, usable and consumable water. We all know our growth and survival depends on water.
Interestingly, not many, want to do much about conserving water. Simply put, we cannot function without water. It is because our body is made up of 70 % water. Remember that joke, human beings, basically being cucumbers (as they contain 70% water too) with anxiety? Well, it turns out, it was a clever joke after all.
Long Story Short
Water is imperative for the normal functioning of our bodies. From health, nutrition and sanitation to temperature control and the effective functioning of the environment; water is necessary. From getting food on our table to ensuring the climatic conditions remain stable; water is essential. Water is indeed life.
Schools, universities and educational institutions have an added responsibility to make students acknowledge the importance of using water (a life source) judiciously. Reprimand wasting of water mindlessly. Projects should be on water conservation, along with assignments on innovative ways for water storage.
The need to conserve water is a no-brainer. Water helps protect the ecosystem maintains the essential requirements in human body. It is essential for the survival of endangered species. One of the ways to reduce excessive and unnecessary water usage is by reducing chemical usage. Cut down on the usage of chemicals at your residence or workplace, and if at all you are left with little option but to use them extensively, ensure you dispose of them well.
Coming to the reasons as to why we should protect and conserve water resources: At present, things are not looking too good for mother earth. With only three percent of freshwater resources to tap into; it isn’t a pretty picture. Also, here’s why taking adequate measures now is the only way out.
1) Water doesn't replenish fast: Yes, science has proven that the natural cycle of evaporation, condensation, precipitation, runoff, and percolation cleans and recycles water; the process is long and arduous before being deemed fit for human use. So, that leaves us with a constant risk of running out of the water, before it is recycled and re-usable again.
2) Think about the environment: Consider the planet in which we all live. Think for a moment of the consequences if the planet is not honored. Can't you imagine what it is like surviving without the earth? So, why abuse it? Saving water and optimal utilization of it smoothens out the process for the aquatic and wildlife on our planet.
3) Multi-Utilization: Saving water also helps to save a great deal of energy, by putting into better use. For instance, investing and building grey water systems can help in cleaning vehicles, flower gardens and watering your lawns.
Taking Note of Real Picture, and Making Real Efforts
World Water Day is celebrated every year on March 22. From a theoretical perspective, it helps in understanding, recognizing and appreciating the existing sources of water. But, beyond that, there lies a more significant motive. And, that is, to educate, inform and get young children to understand and focus on the importance of water and why exactly do we need to protect it. Contaminated water takes eons to get recycled and to be brought back into a usable form.
That aside, the fact that 2.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water is a dangerous warning in itself. The lack of clean water brings cartloads of diseases, affects livelihoods and even the environment as a whole. World Water Day predominantly helps in directing attention and creating awareness towards the essence and importance of freshwater and promotes sustainable management of the water resources. And, the good news is, people can begin to make a conscious decision to bring about a change in the long run – at every level.