Our human bodies, as well as most other complex life forms on earth, are comprised of over 60% water. The earth’s population is approximately 7.5 billion people and that number grows every day. Water is essential to our health and survival, and yet 783 million people on earth do not have access to clean and safe drinking water. That is approximately 1 in 9 people that may not live through the day, week or year because they don’t have an adequate supply of water for drinking or bathing.
At one time water was considered a renewable resource. It is now, however, considered non-renewable as the earth’s population grows and more and more of the potable drinking water becomes polluted or contaminated. As a result, it is imperative that we each do our part in reducing the amount of water we use and waste.
Here are a few simple tips and tricks for water conservation that can be easily incorporated into your life:
- Water runs out of a tap at an average of 2.5 gallons per minute. Turning the taps off while you brush your teeth or shave can truly save gallons each of water each week.
- Re-use pasta and vegetable water. Pasta water can be cooled and used to water house plants and vegetable water can be used to make hearty soups and stews with the added bonus of the vitamins and minerals that leech into the cooking liquid!
- Wait till your dishwasher is full to run it. Washing by hand? Fill the sink instead of letting the tap run while you wash.
- Need to get the salt and dirt off your car from a long winter? Use car washes that recycle their water.
- Report all leaking faucets and toilets to your building Resident Manager so that they can be fixed right away.
- Power plants generating electricity use thousands of gallons of water to cool their systems. By reducing your energy consumption (turning off lights and appliances) you are also saving water!
Hollyburn Properties makes a commitment to our residents and to the global community to decrease energy consumption and minimize the environmental impact of our operations. By employing technological advances to all mechanical systems, retrofitting critical building infrastructure and in-suite appliances, and educating our residents and employees on what it means to live green we contribute to healthier communities today and for future generations. Read about the ways in which we live sustainably here.