Water, it’s the same when given as teerth in a place of worship, it’s the same which is given through saline in a hospital when we are ill, and it’s the same which is used at home! But each time that water is valued differently. It is hence, important to understand the difference between the price and value of water. Water is this invaluable.
Valentine day, mother’s day, father’s day, chocolate day, teddy bear day, is known by most of us. We celebrate it with great zeal and vigor. Many people have now even known about world environment day which happens on the 5th of June every year. But there is a day specifically for water, and that is on the 22nd of March every year.
This day was formally proposed in agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations conference on environment and development in Rio de Janerio. In December 1992, the UN general assembly adopted the resolution by which 22nd march of every year was declared as world water day.
This year the theme is “valuing water”
Towards the end of March and beginning of April, we start witnessing and experiencing water scarcity. We start blaming the administration for not supplying water. But do we ever realise that individual water wasting habits cause far more a problem than anything else.
This world water day, let’s change our perception about water. Let us give up one water wasting habit and take up one water saving habit. And after that let’s start to complain if the urge remains
Citizens are well aware of all water wasting habits. But i wish to highlight upon a few small things, which if followed will save a lot of water.
1. First of all, repair all leaky taps in your own house. Let each one worry about his or her own house first. Water leakages are the biggest cause of water wastage throughout the world
2. Each time you sip tea or coffee in a cup, rinse it with water immediately. Tough tea stains take a lot of water to wash
3. If you plan to buy a new product on the auspicious occasion of Gudi Dadwa, then you could incest in water conserving devices available on www.eco365.co.in which when attached to your existing taps will control the flow of water.
4. Also, consider install water level censors or alarms to your overhead tanks. In our society its our neighbours who tell us that the tank is overflowing
5. Always cover your garden with dry leaves (mulching) to prevent loss of water through evaporation and moisture conservation.
6. Taking quick showers or using a bucket and mug for practically everything , including washing your cars can help unbelievably well
7. A common practice we see among people is the concept of stale and fresh water. The stored water at Belagavi’s Rakaskoppa is 100s of years old, do we throw that water?
8. Belagavi water does not need RO water for purification. It gets filtered by regular UV AF. But if you have no choice but to use it, then see that you use the waste water for washing your vehicles or mopping floors.
9. Our domestic helps are uneducated people; hence they take up such odd jobs. But we are educated, aren’t we? So when they waste water while doing chores, instead of ignoring it or making fun of them, teach them and make them aware
10. We all accept good quality things if given free or as a return gift, we access free wifi at restaurants, then why can’t we collect and store rain water for future use. This is the right time to spend some money in building water tanks to store and use when needed.
While we can survive without smart phones and movies, we cannot survive without water. Let us hence, stop pointing a finger on others. If administration behaves wrongly, who says we should also follow their footsteps. Let us conserve water not for ourselves but for our future generation.