Achieving Sustainable Goals- Freshwater Resource Management
It Takes a Lot of Blue to Stay Green
Earth is disguised from the other planets in the universe due to its unique ecosystem consisting of water, oxygen and rich soil. And as rightly said, it takes a lot of water to keep the ecosystem alive, to keep us alive and keep the greenery on earth alive. But the recent advances in technology, manufacturing and the global economy has had a terrible effect on all of earth’s natural resources, not just water. Humans are poisoning the earth that gave them life and that gives them food. There are many regions where our freshwater resources are insufficient and do not meet domestic, economic development and environmental needs. In such regions, the lack of adequate clean water to meet the human drinking water and sanitation needs is indeed a hurdle for maintaining human health and productivity as well as on the maintenance of a clean environment and healthy ecosystems.
The Growing Pressures on Environmental Resources
As the human race progresses, the pressures on environmental resources such as water management is increasing day by day due to growing population, climate change and societal well-being which has led to a strain on sustainable development. Water is a vital factor of production, so diminishing water supplies can translate into slower growth that clouds economic prospects. Sustainable water development refers to reduce the use of water, saving it from unnecessary wastage and recycling the used water for various purposes. This will ensure that the future generation won’t suffer from an acute shortage of resources and hamper the earth’s ecosystem. Here are a few ways in which you can contribute to this growing cause.
1. Community Efforts
It is very important for all of us to come together and think of this on a social level. We already have many measures in place where societies have rainwater harvesting systems and municipal water utility facilities. Some common efforts can be public outreach programs, charging higher prices for excess water usage and restrictions on outdoor water usage.
2. Household Sustainability
The best way to contribute to water management is to use water consciously in our own homes. Make sure we don’t leave taps running unnecessarily, reusing soapy water to flush the toilets, use the cooking water to water the plants, bathe in a single bucket rather than using a shower and washing clothes and dishes in a single bucket of water.
3. Industrial Solutions
Just like household efforts, similar solutions can be used to save water on the industrial level. The most water wastage takes place in large manufacturing industries. Strict measures can be put in place to stop this wastage, technological solutions such as infrared or foot-operated faucets, cooling tower conductivity controllers and rainwater harvesting.
4. Agricultural Resources
Drip irrigation is the most common way of managing water usage in agricultural activities. It is an irrigation method which saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes and emitters.
Donate Your Sweat has had tremendous success in educating people about the importance of freshwater management because we believe it is important to be ‘Water Responsible’.
Let us all come together today and pledge to achieve our sustainable goals by volunteering and taking efforts on a personal as well as the social level to save water. Because every drop is precious.
We would like to hear your views on freshwater management and if you have taken any steps to contribute to this noble cause. We would also like to encourage you to share this article with more and more people in order to create awareness about the sustainable development of water resources.
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