It’s World Water Day! So, what’s the big deal?
Well, access to clean water is something that many of us take for granted. Unfortunately, for so many others that simply isn’t the reality. You may be surprised to know that even in Canada, a country filled with lakes and fresh waterways, there are still communities who live with long-term boil advisories for drinking or bathing or brushing their teeth.
So, what can we do?
Well, like with any issue of this size and scope, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the daunting task of solving the problem alone. Fortunately, we can share the burden together.
5 Mindful Ways for Water Consumption
- Shower shorter.
- A reusable water bottle is your new best friend.
- Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge and ice cubes in the freezer. It will save you from running the tap to get it to the right temperature.
- Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when full.
- Share! Rather than dumping that extra gulp left in the pitcher, pour it into a pet’s dish or onto a houseplant.
Bonus: Never, ever, EVER buy bottled water. If you live in a community where clean drinking water is available, then you really shouldn’t be supporting water privatization by purchasing water from a company. It’s unsustainable, expensive, wasteful, and, in extreme cases, entirely stolen away from non-western communities.
Thirsty for more?
One of the best ways to embrace and enforce change is to stay informed. Here’s some reading to get you started.
How are you saving water this #WorldWaterDay?