• Publishing Date: 08 April 2020

Water is an indispensable part of our life. It is impossible to spend our day without water. However, water is an essential element not only for us but also for many ecosystems. Three quarters of the world is made up of water. Although our planet seems to be rich in water, the water resources available to people are limited. From a demographic perspective, the constantly increasing population increases the rate of use of water resources. In addition, the fact that factors such as the birth of various sectors, mass production, and changing water habits increase the need for water, increases the consumption of water. According to the water report published by UNESCO in 2019, if current water consumption continues, by 2050, 45% of global gross domestic product and 40% of global grain production will be at risk. For this reason, it is our duty to put our hands under the stone individually in order to avoid the waste of water that gives life and keeps it alive. Especially with the Covid-19 virus that surrounds the world, the importance of water once again hit our faces. Sources are in danger, as the rate of use of water increases. On this occasion, we have to make this a culture and a habit by avoiding waste of water. You can choose and implement the ones that fit your habits from the suggestions we have brought together for conscious water consumption, and enjoy the happiness of doing something for the earth we live on: 

Don't leave the tap open. Turning off the water when soaping hands, brushing teeth, washing things helps to use water sources correctly. Maybe 1 more person can soap his hand or brush his teeth with the water that you let him unconsciously flow, remember this.

-Shorten your shower time. Although it is comforting to take a shower after a tiring day, you can shorten this period and prevent the water from wasting. Washing in less time does not prevent relaxation and cleaning.

-Reduce plastic products. You may feel like you are turning around and coming to plastic in all environmental problems, but in fact, a lot of water is used in both production and recycling of plastic. To avoid this, reduce using plastic products as much as possible.

-Watch out for the dripping taps. A tap that drops five drops a day is wasting 292 liters of water a year. Hard to believe, but true. Repairing drip taps and pipes is important in this respect. 

-Use as much water as you need. Trying to get things done in running water causes more water consumption. Instead, add as much water as you need to a bucket, bowl, etc. you can use it. For example, you can wash your vegetables by soaking them in water.

-Reuse excess water. If water is left over from the work done, do not pour it. Reuse in various ways. For example, you can water your flowers with water you wash vegetables. The options depend on you and the state of the water.

-Don’t operate water powered devices before they are full. Especially, water-powered devices such as dishwashers and washing machines use the same amount of water and energy, even if they are not full. Operating them with full filling saves both time and water.

-Instead of boiling the vegetables, cook on steam. If you prefer steaming vegetables instead of boiling in water, you will save liters of water. Moreover, the minerals of our vegetable, which is our national concern, do not go to the garbage along with water, it remains in the vegetable.

-Avoid food waste. Never forget that every product was used uses water while it is being processed. When you pour the coffee that you waste half and drink, you are not actually half a cup of coffee, but you are pouring 80 liters of water. Because a total of 160 liters of water is spent for you to drink a cup of coffee.

-Seasonal nutrition. When you are not fed according to the season, you consume products produced in the greenhouse outside their time. In order to obtain these, more water is used than the seasonal fruit and vegetables need.

-Try to feed on organic farming products. Inorganic crops are exposed to many chemical drugs during the growing phase. If you say what this has to do with water: chemicals, water sources and soil contamination. In other words, resources remain inactive before they can be used. 

-Support local production. By supporting domestic production, you can prevent products from coming from far away. This again reduces the use of fossil fuels indirectly, thus making less use of water resources.  

-Get less clothes. Tons of water are used even in making a piece of clothing. If you consciously shop as much as you need, you can save hundreds of tons of water. 

Do not forget that a family of 4 people can save 140 tons of water a year with such small but effective methods, and with these small measures, you become a part of this movement of goodness.