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World water day

Deepti Kaul checks out some quick facts and tips to save water.Share your water woes with us

india Updated: Mar 22, 2006 17:11 IST

It’s March 22, 2006- the World water day- a day which reminds us not to waste water.This day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.The observance of this day started in 1997.

Water is the most essential part of our existence.Our daily lives are built on it and shaped by it.Eighty per cent of our bodies are formed of water, and two thirds of the planet's surface is covered by water.

Water is an integral part of our culture and life in this kind of situation we need to preserve this resource. Everyday we should at least save some water, so that everyone gets enough water.

Fascinating facts

Although a person can live without food for more than a month, a person can only live without water for approximately one week.

The average person in the United States uses 80 to 100 gallons of water each day. During medieval times a person used only 5 gallons per day.

About 1.2 billion gallons of potable water are used in New Jersey each day.

Ancient Egyptians treated water by siphoning water out of the top of huge jars after allowing the muddy water from the Nile River to settle.

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974 represents the first time that public drinking water

Supplies were protected on a federal (national) level in the United States. Amendments were made to the SDWA in 1986 and 1996.

Worldwide water withdrawals from water bodies have risen from 250 cubic metres/person/year in 1900 to over 700 cubic metres today.

Freshwater lakes, rivers, and underground aquifers hold only 2.5% of the world's water. By comparison,

saltwater oceans and seas contain 97.5% of the world's water supply.

Tips to save water

1 When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing.



2
Evaporative coolers require a seasonal maintenance checkup. 

  For more efficient cooling, check your evaporative cooler annually.



3
Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are 

  full and you could save 1000 gallons a month.



4 Install covers on pools and spas and check for 

  leaks around your pumps.



5 Check your water meter and bill 

   to track your water usage.



6 Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway or 

  sidewalk and save 80 gallons of water every time.



7 Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes. 

   You'll save up to 1000 gallons a month.