125 Consequences & Facts About Wasting Water
Help make a difference and spread the word about the consequences of wasting water,
When is the last time you stopped and thought about the consequences of wasting water? The best way to get motivated to conserve water and make a difference it so understand the impact our every day actions have.
Every year the rate at which we consume water has gone up and there is no end in sight. It’s more important than ever so think about water conservation and how we will preserve our world.
To help make a difference by raising awareness, I put together a list of 125 consequences and facts about water waste. My biggest take away is that a majority of wasted water comes from wasting food.
So if there is one thing you can take away from this is try to conserve food and waste as little as possible. About 70% of our water resources are used in agriculture.
Also, please feel to share and publish any information you would like from this blog post to get the message. It’s easy to talk about tips for saving water ,but it’s not as effective at making a change and getting people to understand what they have to lose by not doing it.
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Fresh water contamination is especially important as this ends up directly in your home if it isn’t treated properly.
Saltwater pollution still has an impact as marine life gets exposed to it. When they are eaten, we you get exposed to the same pollution.
It increases the Ph level of water leading to acid rain (to a lesser degree than burning of fossil fuels and power plants).
Due to loss of habitat, wasting water can reduce animal diversity. This can impact small species quickly, then the larger ones that depend on them for food later.
You’ll see less animals. Similar to the impact on plants, less water available to be consumed by animals will decrease their numbers.
Droughts will become longer and drier lead to more fires. This is especially concerned if you live in an area prone to droughts.
Increases Our Bills
30% of the water bill is on lawns, 20% on toilets, 15% on washers, 12% on faucets, 10%on leaks, 2% on other, 1%on bath and 1%on dishwashers.
You will have to pay for water at restaurants. If water becomes scarce and more expensive then people will have to charge for this resource.
Wasting electricity by leaving the lights on or raising the thermostat also wastes water because of fracking. A portion of the water is recycled but a large portion is lost because it’s lost deep underground or contaminated with toxic substances.
It Wastes Energy and Money
In 2017 $113 Billion was spent in the US on water treatment. Increases on taxes and public spending can also be a real impact of wasting water. Communities can save on energy costs if they work together.
Waste water treatment consumes energy which is a contributing factor to global warming. It puts the world closer to the limit of global warming at 34.7 degrees which some experts say can cause irreversible damage.
Water supply can be further impacted by water waste due to the wear put on water pumps and turbines. This exacerbates the problems of reduced access to usable water.
Water gets polluted due to water waste. It takes much longer to clean polluted water than for the pollution to occur.
It Puts Stress on Our Water Treatment Systems
Warmer temperatures due to global warming can impact utilities that rely on snowmelt to gradually release water. Quicker release causes too much runoff and decreasing available water. Making it more important to not waste water.
It Hurts Our Natural Water Resources
Water scarcity is real (including in the US in places like California) making clean water especially important. Overuse of water can expedite contamination of natural water sources causing problems for these areas.
Our planet’s surface is 71% covered by water. Most people naturally believe that a water shortage shouldn’t be possible. However, less than 1% is both usable and available for us so it is a precious resource. Especially with the current rate of population growth.
The regeneration rate is lower than the extraction rate of natural aquifers and groundwater supplies. By overusing water we damage and put strain on these natural resources.
The Niger, The Niles, The Ganges, The Euphrates, The Tigris, The Colorado, Rio Grande and the Yangtze are some of the rivers sufferings from severe flow reduction.
Wasting household water won’t remove it from the global water cycle but it removes it from the readily accessible water facilities.
Many areas in the US experience water shortages every year. If we don’t conserve water this will become more and more common.
We’ll have less lakes and rivers as our natural water sources dry up from excessive water waste.
The combination of human waste, paint and solvent create harmful humes. These fumes are dangerous when inhaled, which are carried by polluted water.
Freshwater and saltwater are polluted every day due to untreated wastewater. The US EPA estimates that 1.2 trillion gallons of sewage from houses and industrial sources are dumped into the US’s water every year.
Waste water increases the risk of ground water being exposed to pollution. Once polluted it can be unsafe to use for decades.
Polluted ground water can leak into nearby rivers, lakes, streams and oceans. This further exacerbates the problem,
Acid rain will cause natural water resources to become polluted further needing filtration. This will exacerbate the need to use fossil fuels to treat it.
It Hurts Our Crops & Food
Less water supplies mean that less will be available for farmers and our agricultural needs. 70% of water used by people is for livestock and crops. Crops cannot grow without water and this can have an impact on food availability.
With less water available for crops, scarcity will lead to an increase in prices for your favorite fruits, vegetables and even meats.
It Hurts the Health of The World Population
Water waste contributes to lack of productivity from communities being impacted by disease. It also increases the bill of health needs the world pays. It is estimated there would be a return $3-$34 return for every $1 spent on clean water.
The same type of pollutants which leads to acid rain can cause respiratory illnesses and worsen existing conditions.
It Hurts Our Recreational Activities
Water waste can make it more difficult for boats to navigate in rivers or lakes. Shifting of sediment can change water depth and cause areas to be inaccessible.
Golf courses will dry out and become unusable. The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to golf courses is large patches of bright green grass. Without enough water to maintain them they will dry out.
Wasting water creates pollution which reduces scenic views by causing haze . This is due to sulfur dioxide which obscures the view.
People are exposed to contaminants though skin contact as well as swallowing water while swimming. Wasting water pollutes our rivers, oceans, lakes, streams and ponds. Going for a swim can will be dangerous.
There will be less forests for camping and hiking.
Due to limited resources having a pool may become a thing of the past.
It Wastes Water at Home
95% of home water use goes back down the drain and isn’t used for hydration consumption.
There are people in the world that live off of 3 gallons of water a day. We used that in 1-2 toilet flushes.
Up to 60% of home water use is to water outdoors. Wasting water with inefficient irrigation can cause increased water bills.
It Will Hurt Us Socially
Fires will become a lot more dangerous than they already are. Having limited access to water will make a firefighters job harder.
Political conflict will escalate. If water becomes a scarce resource, Countries will have to go at odds for this resource.
It Will Reduce Beauty in Our World and Communities
Natural landscapes can lose their beauty due to soil erosion. Wasting water causes more polluted water to contaminant these places.
Your surroundings will lose some of their beauty. A lot of water goes into watering trees, flowers and plants. If it becomes scarce they can lose much needed water.
Your car will have to be okay staying dirty. Since fresh water is used to clean them.
Your streets will become dirtier. Those large street cleaners you see use water to scrub and keep them clean.