Only 2.5 percent of the water supply worldwide consists of fresh water, and people have access to only 0.3 percent of that. Due to climate change, dry, hot summers with little precipitation cause groundwater levels to sink, which causes plants to die and leads to poor soil quality.
And the need for drinking water is increasing at the same time. In many countries, countless people have no access to clean drinking water, since it has been contaminated by bacteria and would have to be purified in wastewater treatment plants at great cost. Every person in Germany uses around 123 litres of water a day, of which the smallest portion is used for drinking. This makes saving water extremely important.
Wasting water has a considerable influence on the environment. For example, it can make it difficult for plants and animals that rely on water to meet their needs. Wasting water can cause certain types of animals and plants to die out or have to leave their habitats due to water scarcity.
If water is wasted in agriculture, this can lead to over-fertilisation of the soil, which can in turn lead to contamination of the groundwater. Moreover, removing water from rivers or lakes for use in industry can also affect the animal world.
And generating, heating, and distributing water takes a lot of energy – especially if the water is pumped from sources far away. Wasting water requires additional energy to treat or regain the wasted water. And this can lead to higher energy costs and a higher carbon footprint.
There are many advantages when water is saved: for individuals, for companies, and for society as a whole.
The 5 most important advantages to saving water are:
Food production normally requires a considerable amount of water. But some foods need more water than others.
These 5 foods need a great deal of water to produce:
Of course, the actual amount of water needed to produce food varies depending on the growing conditions and production methods.
If you prefer seasonal and regional food, you’re generally on the right track. Organic food is always an especially good choice. This seasonal calendar will help you put together your shopping list.
A considerable amount of water can be saved during the cooking process itself. The following tips help save water:
The following tips can help you save water when washing up:
Here are the 5 most important renewable technologies for the kitchen:
By using faucet attachments you can reduce water consumption in the kitchen, help protect the environment, and save money. The most popular varieties are:
A greywater system is a device that treats the water from showers, tubs, sinks, and washing machines so it can be used for non-drinking purposes such as flushing toilets, watering gardens, and cleaning. Households and companies who reuse greywater can drastically reduce their water consumption.
Energy-saving devices can do a lot to help save water, since they work more efficiently and consume less water than traditional devices.
For example: Energy-efficient dishwashers and washing machines save water by using special programs and technologies to reduce water, including sensor controls that adjust the amount of water according to the load.
By avoiding leakage, you can not only save water but also lower your water bill and protect the environment. It's important to check for leakage regularly and repair it immediately to avoid wasting water.
There are a few possibilities for saving water in the kitchen and helping protect the environment. By taking deliberate actions and implementing the measures discussed, we can all do our part to protect water and leave behind an intact environment for future generations and save money.