4 reasons why you should conserve water
Providing clean drinking water requires a lot of energy and the production of that energy can have its own severe environmental impacts. One council in New Zealand estimated that it costs 40% of their total energy bill to produce clean drinking water and then treat it once it has been used.
New Zealanders are using far more water than we really need. To meet our needs we require approximately 50 litres of clean water per day per person and yet we are using on average 160 to 227 litres per person per day. That can add up to a whopping 82,000 litres per person per year!
Taupo has light soil which absorbs and loses water much easier than other places in New Zealand. This means that we need more water to irrigate our land than most other districts which puts huge amounts of pressure on our water supply. Conserving our water can help reduce the likelihood of water restrictions.
Although there is currently no charge for water in Taupo it is likely that sometime in the future we will be charged for it. It is inevitable that sometime in the future we will have water meters installed so it pays to get into good habits now to make sure we use as little as possible. After all the less water you use, the less money you lose!
Would you go to war over access to water?
Although this won’t happen in New Zealand (unless those pesky Aussies come a’ knockin’!) we still need to conserve it and we’re going to tell you why…
The world’s population is rapidly expanding and as a result there is increasing pressure on the world’s water supply. Around the world one in every six people do not have access to water that is safe to drink. Some pundits are picking future wars not to be fought over access to oil, but over access to clean, fresh water.
New Zealand has a huge amount of clean water available for our use so it is unlikely things will ever come to violence here but clean water is not free, it is not cheap and as our population grows we will find pressure being put on our water supply.
I think it is important that we all take steps to ensure we look after the water we have to make sure that we can minimise the effect of any climate or population changes on our water supply. If you have any questions on how you can reduce your water consumption and save yourself money and save the environment, feel free to give us a call or pop in for a chat.