World Water Day falls on March 22 this year! As we turn our eyes to the pressing issue and need for clean water around the world, we are reminded by Scripture to steward the resources God has asked us to manage us well.
Water shortages affect people around the world. For those who live in places where water is scarce, conserving it is a necessary part of life. For those who live where there’s plenty of safe water, there are still ways to help to safeguard this finite resource.
Here are seven practical ways you can begin to use water wisely in your own home:
Limit time in the shower
Just by limiting your shower to five minutes a day, you could save up to 1, 000 gallons a month. Yes, you’ll spend less time in the shower, but you’ll also help ensure there’s water for others. You’ll also spend less on your water bill!
Pro tip: play music while you shower. Try to finish your shower by the end of one song. Most songs average 3 to 5 minutes, so pick a favorite to listen to while you lather and rinse.
Switch to a refillable water bottle
It’s important to stay hydrated. So while you aim to get in eight glasses of water a day, consider switching to a reusable water bottle. Instead of using a new glass or cup every time you fill up, invest in a water bottle. Drinking from the same bottle all day will save the amount of water you would use washing cups after each use.
Turn off water when brushing teeth or washing hands
If you’re brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time and washing your hands regularly, you can waste a lot of water if you leave the faucet running. Turning the faucet off while you brush or while you lather your hands can save water each day. And like all things, a little goes a long way!
Thaw frozen food in the fridge
When you need to thaw food for dinner, put it in the refrigerator a few hours ahead of time instead of using water. This task is easy to forget, so set a reminder.
Water plants only when necessary
More often, plants die from over-watering than from being under-watered. Watering your plants not only conserves water with less consumption, but it may even keep your greens alive longer.
Use your amenities wisely
Dishwashers and clothes washers can save more water than hand washing, but that’s only helpful if you limit how often you use it. If you have these amenities, try to limit your use to only when a load is full.
Use less water when washing dishes
If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can still conserve water when hand washing dishes. Fill a basin or bowl with warm, soapy water to soak dishes in and another with rinse water. This common dish washing approach saves tons of water from running while you wash.
There are so many more ways you can work on saving water. These seven ways are a fantastic place to start in your daily life at home. Water is the most needed and basic element our world needs to survive. Taking steps to conserve water helps share this resource with the rest of our brothers and sisters around the world.
To learn more about how local churches worldwide are helping address the global water crisis, visit ncm.org/water.