One of the main components that have made life possible on earth is water. All living creatures depend on water and unfortunately, the amount of this crucial element is now under threat. Despite earth being 71% of water, only 0.5% is available for drinking. This 0.5% is decreasing at a rapid rate and this calls every human to take necessary steps to conserve water.
Seeing the globe confuses a lot of people regarding the quantity of water. To clear the confusion of such people, here are some astonishing facts:
- The major use of water is drinking and 97% of the earth’s water is not suitable for drinking. This 97% is categorized as salt water.
- Only 3% of the earth’s water is considered fresh water.
- As stated earlier, only 0.5% water is available for drinking.
These facts break the illusion of water that its ‘more than enough’. To further stress the point, here are some facts highlighting the immediate need for conserving water.
- Currently more than 780 million people do not have access to clean drinking water.
- The proportion of earth experiencing drought will likely increase by 5 times in next 30 years.
- In the next 30 years, the agricultural water needs will rise by 19%. This is alarming rise, considering the rapid decrease in the amount of water already available.
Still not sure why should you save water? Here are some reasons why saving water will benefit you and your future generations.
Minimize the possibility of Drought
The facts mentioned above clearly state the possibility of water scarcity and drought conditions in a few decades if the consumption of water is not kept under check. The rise in water scarcity means, more percentage of earth’s population will be affected by water shortage. This will increase the number of deaths every year due to lack of water. So it wouldn’t be wrong to say that you can actually save a life by playing your part in saving water.
The Innumerous Effects
Water is not used for drinking only. It has innumerous effects and if the supply of water is not enough, humans will get affected in countless ways. For example, a considerable amount of water is used for agriculture every year. Since the demand for agricultural water is increasing, as mentioned above, there is a dire need to save enough water to meet that increase in demand. If not, humans will experience shortage of food as well. This will also affect the prices of food supplies and many other items that eventually link to consumption of water.
Makes Water Available for other Uses
As discussed above, water is not only used for drinking. It has multiple other purposes and if there’s a decrease in the supply of water, all these functions get affected. Many important organizations such as fire fighters, street cleaners and parks depend on ample supply of water. If the amount of water decreases, it will affect these organizations, which will eventually affect human lives.
Similarly, there are numerous other reasons why saving water is a matter of urgency and this is not something you can rely on your government for. It is time you play your role in conserving water.