Young Climate Voices
WHY IS WATER CONSERVATION IMPORTANT?
Water conservation is the practice of using water efficiently to reduce unnecessary water usage.
About 70 percent of the earth is water, but only 2.5 percent of that is freshwater. Of the freshwater, 68.9 percent is in the form of glaciers and snow cover, 30.8 percent is groundwater, and about 0.3 percent is in lakes and rivers. So fresh clean water is a limited resource.
The average person uses around 140 liters of water a day. But huge water deficits are on track to occur by the 2080s - so we need to start cutting down.
Conserving water saves energy. Energy is needed to filter, heat, and pump water to your home, so reducing your water use also reduces your carbon footprint.
Also, using less water keeps more in our ecosystems and helps to keep wetland habitats topped up for animals like otters, water voles, herons, and fish.
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