Why save water?
Today’s water is the same water that has been on Earth since the dinosaurs… since the world began!
With climate change, the world’s temperature is increasing: this is changing the earth’s water cycle; water stored as ice in the Arctic is melting rapidly.
Water is a very precious resource, and recently on World Wetlands Day I listened with my family to how we can save water.
Wetlands retain water like giant sponges; they can form a flexible barrier to flood water; they filter water, helping to keep it fresh; they provide a habitat for creatures to live in, and provide food for others; and, Wetland are wonderful places to spend time close to nature.
Baglady Productions reporter Iris carried out her own experiment when she read the figures about how much water we use when we brush our teeth.
Here are her results: “I cleaned my teeth this morning and left the water running”.
Result: “I used 11400mls, or 3 gallons, of water to clean my teeth! This means that if I do the same tonight I will have used 6 gallons of water!!”
Iris then repeated the experiment, but this time turned the water off during the process:
“This picture shows how little water I used compared to when I left the tap running. Total water used was 250mls: not even half a gallon!!!”
We receive lots of pledges from people who are giving up leaving the tap running when cleaning their teeth. This reminds us just what a difference that will make.
Taking a pledge is a great way to start changing behaviour. What will you Pledge ASAP?