Ocean, n. A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man — who has no gills.
Irony aside, just because we have so much water on earth, it doesn’t mean we can rely on it as an endless natural resource for the whole world. It is not.
Water is crucial for life. It is critical for long-term economic development, human health, social welfare and environmental sustainability.
Water scarcity already affects every continent. More than 1.2 billion people, almost 1/5 of the world’s population, live in areas of physical scarcity, and 500 million people are approaching this situation.
Hey Singaporeans, are you aware that our tiny island has a very limited water supply?
Almost 1/4 of the world’s population, face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers).
Hey Singaporeans, do you know how blessed we are to have such easy access to DRINKABLE tap water?
DID YOU KNOW?
- The UN/Unicef has said that more people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war.
- The ancient Romans had better water quality than half the people alive now.
- Disease spreads quickly in a village of 1,000 people when 400 of which do not have access to a latrine or water for hygiene.
- The world health organization indicates that for every dollar invested in clean drinking water there is a $5 – $50 return on investment (average $12). When people are healthy, they can go to school, work, raise their families, etc.
- Young girls are missing school because neither their school or homes have adequate drinking water and sanitation facilities (including separate school latrines for girls and boys), limiting their chances of escaping their families’ poverty.
- On average, women in Africa and Asia have to walk 3.7 miles to collect water.
- Safe water is especially important for pregnant women in order to protect her and her baby from serious diseases, such as diarrhea, malaria, measles, and hepatitis. Sick children consume a considerable part of a woman’s time, disabling her from performing other activities.
- A five minute shower we take will use more water than a person living in a developing slum will use in a whole day.
Am I trying to guilt-trip you? Maybe ;)
I think majority of Singaporeans take our clean water supply for granted and we could use a bit of a jolt to our conscience!
Singapore has little land to collect and store rainwater. We have faced drought, floods and water pollution in the early years of our nation building. Despite our dire lack of water resources in a severely land scarce nation, the PUB (Public Utilities Board) has since done a fantastic job of ensuring 5 million people have their water needs met.
Nonetheless, we need to do our part as well, to help manage the demand-supply. Can you imagine if we one day face a shortage crisis?
Malaysia could simply decide to cut off their water supply to us.
And, we could face a prolonged period of drought.
Just this year, there was little or no rainfall since mid-January. The importance of water conservation was stressed by our leaders as Singapore observed World Water Day. Activities aimed at spreading the water conservation message were held island-wide.
I myself, a self-confessed habitual water-waster, was woken to my senses when I was asked to help in PUB’s water conservation efforts!
With PUB’s mascot, Water Wally
It was a small honour to play a part in bringing across an important social message such as this.
My roadshows were held at Singapore Management University campus grounds. In preparing for and hosting the two day event, I was reminded of all the ways I can conserve water in my daily activities, while passing on tips to the students and public through fun and games! It was lovely meeting my followers too, much love right back at ya!
Kooky selfie with Peggy aka DJ Thy Dowager, who was part of the event organization
TIPS ON SAVING WATER AT HOME
Saving water = saving $$$ too
- Use a tumbler when brushing your teeth.
- For dual flush flushing cistern, use reduced flush for liquid waste.
- Do not thaw food under running water. Let it defrost overnight inside the refrigerator instead.
- Wash vegetables and dishes in a sink or container filled with water.
- Run the washing machine only on a full load.
- Collect rinse water from the washing machine for flushing the toilet or mopping the floor.
- Turn off taps tightly to ensure they do not drip.
- Check for leaks in flushing cisterns, pipes,taps, etc and repair them immediately to prevent water wastage.
- Use a bucket for car washing instead of a running hose.
- Water plants by using a watering can instead of a running hose.
As for myself, the biggest change I have made to my habits is…. to my showers!
I used to always leave the tap running while shampooing and scrubbing. Good Lord, how much unnecessary water did I waste? O.O
Now, I make it a point to turn off the shower head.
Try switching to smart water saving fittings for your taps and baths (like I did), it makes a huge difference in the long run.
Learn how you can install the thimble and save 5% of your water consumption:
Collect your very own thimble kit, courtesy of PUB sg: Redeem for FREE today!
EVERY DROP COUNTS. USE WATER WISELY :)