Green and confused: How can I convince my family to save water? - Times Online
Living in a rural area, we don’t have our water metered but I’m always telling my menfolk not to leave taps on. They say there’s plenty of rain and I shouldn’t badger them. Do you have some ammuntioon (sic) to convince them?
....we waste water — flushing needlessly large amounts down the toilet, leaving taps running, literally throwing it away. We should all visit a village in northern India or Central Asia where people have to walk miles for just one container of precious water. Climate modellers predict that the high temperatures experienced in the summer of 2003 could be the norm by 2040. Rainfall patterns will alter: while little change is likely in the North of Scotland, the South of England could experience a 40 per cent decline in summer precipitation, meaning aquifers would dry up, rivers become a trickle and crops and gardens wither. The average consumption of water a person in the UK is 150 litres a day. But add in the “virtual water” content used to produce and transport food, clothing, computer chips and other items in the UK and that figure comes to a 4,600 litres a person a day.
We live in an interdependent world in which water resources are under severe strain. So tell your family to keep quiet — and shut off that tap.
I hadn't realised I was wasting all that water. We are going to run out in 2040 and then I will wish I hadn't poured it all away for it never to be seen again. Where is it all going? How can we get it back to recycle it? If only millions of us had descended on the thirsty and drank their water we would have known better.