The Earth has a finite amount of water. Currently 97% of that is salt water, 2% is locked in glaciers and ice and 1% is useable. Find out more about how saving water helps our planet.
It's remarkable that just 1% of our global water is accessible to humans for consumption, agriculture and manufacture. Year-on-year the global population increases, meaning that there are more people relying on the same amount of water. With the average consumption per person also increasing, it means more pressure on this limited, finite resource.
1. Heating water also uses energy
In your home, you use water in your baths, showers and radiators, but this water needs to be heated which uses large amounts of additional energy. So, by heating more water you increase your carbon footprint, increasing your household emissions and so contributing more to climate change.
2. Using more water means less water for plants and ecosystems
As our household water consumption increases, available water is diverted and less water is available for natural ecosystems. In arid and less developed countries, this can mean land which once homed plants and animals, is now barren and inhospitable. Closer to home, it effects our wetlands and rivers in the UK.
3. Global warming impacts on our water consumption
Hotter, drier summers due to climate change mean crops now need us to provide more water to grow. Often this additional water comes from unsustainable water sources and therefore shrinks the wetlands and the ecosystems that live and depend on them. Water companies also capture rainfall as part of our water supply, however many water companies are already under water stress due to an increasingly limited supply and growing demand. And finally, don't forget that water is also used in the transportation of produce around the world, as consumers' tastes broaden, which is another good reason to buy in season produce from local suppliers.
So, with our population set to keep increasing, it’s important that we begin to change our behaviour and do as much as we can to save this precious resource. At ShowerBoB, we care passionately about the environment. It’s why we designed our AQOS digital shower meter to help people to take a step to reduce the water and energy that they use in the bathroom.