There’s a saying out there that goes: the rich stay rich by living like they’re broke, and the poor stay poor by living like they’re rich. In my opinion, this concept can be carried over to many other aspects of our lives as well.
One thing that I am appreciative for on a daily basis is having a plumbing system with running water in my home. This daily pleasure is often overlooked by many; it can be thought of as what’s just given to us, but no. We are fortunate enough to live in a country where this type of living is a standard, and anything less would be thought of as cruelty. Although our lives have been blessed with such a luxury, there are many other countries around the world that don’t get to live this type of life where the first thing you do in the morning is turn on the tap or flush the toilet in your bathroom. It may seem like we have an infinite supply of clean, drinking quality water to use, but I’m sure we all know that we only have a limited supply of that.
Only about 0.5% of the world’s water is useful to us on a daily basis, but why?! That’s all the available drinking water that the Earth can provide for us despite being covered in an abundance of water. Most of our water is salt-water that we have little to no use for. With knowing this, I definitely am more conscious and conservative with my water usage. Whenever the tap is on, I think about whether I could have been more productive with this amount of water, and immediately turn it off.
The message here is not to stop using water for drinking or bathing, but to be more conservative with the amount of water we use.
Washing Dishes: Collect all your dishes to wash in loads, similar to laundry
Laundry: Use a tub, or bucket to hand wash some of your more manageable clothes
Bathing: Limit the number of baths and set a timer on your shower times
Gardening: Collect rainwater for watering plants
Some of these tips I’ve learned from my mother and will hopefully carry forward in my life to be more conservative.
Fact Check: The water rates in Toronto cost $0.00277– $0.00396 per liter of water used depending on if you’ve used over or under 5000 liters of water within the period.
Scenario: The average showerhead would use around 2 – 2.5 gallons (7.5 – 9.5 liters) of water per minute. If you were to cut, say your 15-minute shower in half to 7 – 8-minute showers, you’d be saving up to $9 per month. Immediately, that may not seem like a lot, but considering you’d be saving water and some of your time, it’s really just putting money and time back in your own pocket.
To take it a step forward, incorporating cold showers in place could also save you some change with less water heating costs. It sounds super unsettling, but not only will the cold showers save you money, according to Global News, they will also improve your blood circulation, alertness and reduce stress levels.
But in our situation right now, you might find yourself washing your hands a whole ton more. So, if during any time, being more efficient with our water use right now would really help out. On that note, stay safe and keep washing your hands regularly.
While being conservative on any given day may not create much of an impact on water usage, but with consistent actions towards using water conservatively, it will create an impact that is both measurable and visible. Try taking a look at your current water bill and once again after implementing some conservative water hacks. Something that can be implemented is a tracker of your own to identify where you can cut back on water usage.
To obtain fresh drinking quality water, there are a few ways to do so. They include drawing water from watersheds, which are areas of land that catch rain and snow that eventually drain into marshes, streams, rivers, or lakes; pulling well water; and extracting groundwater, which is the water found underground in between the cracks and spaces in soil, sand and rock. According to a study completed by Nature Conservancy in 2014, the Earth’s population moves around 504 billion liters of water every day. This unimaginable amount of water consumption is straining our water supply system around the world.
Adding salt to the wound, severe effects from global warming have started to affect the world, beginning with the Chembarambakkam Lake in India. This lake would supply water to the more than 8 million citizens of Chennai City. With the reservoir’s supply cut by 40 percent from a drought starting in 2015, it’s having an ever-increasing worry and impact on the residents. This is one of many examples of water sources drying up around the world, and it won’t stop there if we continue our habits of abusing resources provided by our planet.
“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry” – Thomas Fuller
One day, our true wealth will be dictated by the amount of clean, drinking water that we possess. The point is that we don’t ever want to get anywhere close to that stage.
Tying everything together, oil is to the financial markets as water is to our lives. While oil has a huge impact on the performance of the financial markets and various sectors’ operations around the world, water is crucial to our daily lives; living in general. We certainly cannot live without water. I cannot stress how important living conservatively with water is; it would be a huge step forward to living a more sustainable lifestyle.