In our everyday life, we use water for many purposes – drinking, taking a bath, washing dishes, doing laundry, cooking, and the list goes on.
Is Water Unlimited?
Scientifically, water makes up three-fourths of the Earth today. It means that water is everywhere. We can see it in rivers, creeks, oceans, seas, waterfalls, lakes, and other bodies of water. Given this, water must be unlimited!
Nope. Wrong. Despite water being a renewable resource, it does not make it as unlimited as we think it is. In the three-fourths water composition of the earth, only 2.5% of it is freshwater or in other words, safe to drink. All the other forms of water are saline or found in oceans.
Water is a vital resource because a lot of organisms need it to survive in their daily life; humans, plants, animals, and even some microorganisms, we all need some water to live. However, due to the constant industrialization and urbanization of many cities and towns in the world, our water resources are slowly becoming polluted, dirty, and limited. It is very alarming because water is a basic necessity and loss of it could lead to stress, malnourishment, dehydration, and even death.
Water As A Global Goal
In the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals established in 2015, the 6th Global Goal focuses on Clean Water & Sanitation. Water is a universal need and many areas in the world are suffering from the lack of it. The 6th Sustainable Development Goal aims to address not only issues regarding drinking water, but it includes the quality and sustainability of it.
In various places around the globe, third-world countries like Libya, Western Sahara, and Yemen are just some of the nations experiencing a water crisis due to extreme poverty and the lack of accessible resources. Because of this, many low-income families resort to drinking and bathing in their urine or other polluted water resources so that they could quench their thirst or ‘clean-up’ themselves.
This is an urgent issue to be resolved because no human being deserves to experience this kind of life, just because privileged humans lack the discipline to conserve and preserve water resources.
To resolve such issues, many technologies have been developed to combat the world’s problems involving water. These technologies include the concept of hydraulic engineering, hydrology, and many more.
Hydraulic engineering is the study of water being in motion, including all its dynamics, interactions, and relationships with its current environment.
On the other hand, hydrology explains the different characteristics and properties in water in relation to its movement and other related interactions in different land areas.
Although educated and licensed professionals may better understand the application of these concepts and terms, there are still simple ways and avenues for us normal humans to help in the struggle of having safe, accessible, and potable water.
Ways To Conserve Water
Simple ways can lead to big impacts, and each action, if done collectively can create a ripple effect. If we influence others to try and change their lifestyles and switch to better alternatives, we can help make a difference in saving our water resources. How?
- Use shower buckets as often as possible. This can minimize our water consumption when we’re taking a bath.
- Turn off the faucet when you’re not using it. A few ‘break times’ from it being turned on can go a long way.
- Fix any leaks. If your faucet leaks, get it fixed as soon as possible! This can save your water bill, as well as conserve a few buckets of water in the long run.
- Stop throwing trash in bodies of water. This is a big no-no. Influencing others and educating them about the value of restoring our water resources can really go a long way.
- Try to recycle water. If you don’t need to drink it, maybe your bucket of water can be used for something else, instead of refilling up a new one!
It may be hard to change the situation of our world now, but by being knowledgeable and aware, there’s still hope for our waters.