Around the globe, people are working hard to protect natural resources before their depletion. Then, people today are ‘going green’ to protect their land and to prove themselves as good citizens. So, some people think that the natural resources need not to be protected but increased pollution in rivers, streams and lakes has become a great danger for life. Other than that, due to increased population, the consumption of water has increased greatly. Therefore, it is very essential to recycling water and protect water resources to maintain the balance in the ecosystems.
What are the Environmental Benefits for Reusing and Recycling Water?
Reusing and recycling water provides tremendous environmental benefits. Some of them are:
#1- Decreases the Diversion of Freshwater from Sensitive Ecosystems
Plants, wildlife, and fish depend on sufficient water flows in their habitats to live and reproduce. The lack of adequate flow, as a result of diversion for agricultural, urban, and industrial purposes, can cause deterioration of water quality and ecosystem health. People who reuse water can supplement their demands by using a reliable source of recycled water. This can free considerable amounts of water for the environment and increase flows to vital ecosystems.
#2- It May Be Used to Create or Enhance Wetlands and Freshwater Habitats.
Wetlands provide many benefits, which include wildlife and wildfowl habitat, water quality improvement, flood diminishment, and fisheries breeding grounds. For streams that have been impaired or dried from water diversion, water flow can be augmented with recycled water to sustain and improve the aquatic and wildlife habitat.
#3- It Can Reduce and Prevent Pollution
When pollutant discharges to oceans, rivers, and other water bodies are curtailed, the pollutant loadings to these bodies are decreased. Moreover, in some cases, substances that can be pollutants when discharged to a body of water can be beneficially reused for irrigation.
#4- It Can Save Energy
As the demand for water grows, more water is extracted, treated, and transported sometimes over great distances which can require a lot of energy. If the local source of water is groundwater, the level of the ground water lowers down and this increases the energy required to pump the water to the surface.
Recycling water on site or nearby reduces the energy needed to move water longer distances or for pumping water from deep within an aquifer. Tailoring water quality to a specific water use also reduces the energy needed to treat water. The water quality required to flush a toilet is less stringent than the water quality needed for drinking water and requires less energy to achieve. Using recycled water that is of lower quality for uses that don’t require high quality water. Also, you save energy and money by reducing treatment requirements.
Ideas for Reusing and Recycling Water
Cutting back water use is critical to conserving water, but on top of things like turning off the tap when you brush your teeth. Also, you can collect and recycle water to save even more. Water recycling can range from very simple methods that don’t require anything but a little forethought to complicated systems. Here are 5 awesome ideas to reuse and recycle water:
Idea #1 – Use rain collection barrels
This is one of the most efficient ways of collecting water. Rainwater Harvesting is one of the best methods to save money and help to protect and care for your planet, especially to avoid dependency on regular water supply system. The stored water can be used for short or long-term needs. As well, because rain water lacks all the chemicals added to tap water, it can be used for other purposes such as feeding livestock, or watering the garden with.
Idea #2- Save kitchen water
Water used to clean dishes can be dumped in the toilet bowl for flushing. Water used to cook vegetables or pasta with, can be dumped into the compost pile, in the garden or in the vermiculture area. But first make sure the water has completely cooled so that you do not harm the microorganisms or worms.
Idea #3- Install a Greywater System
Greywater is wastewater that doesn’t contain sewage. Think the water that goes down the drain when you wash your hands or do laundry. A gray water system diverts that water, so it doesn’t go to waste. A good example might be diverting water from your shower drain for flushing the toilet. Greywater systems can get pretty complicated, and just like any plumbing setup, they do require maintenance.
Idea #4- Use the water for washing clothes to clean the floors
The water in this case is not that dirty, so, you can use it to clean floors instead of using new clean water. Also, you can use this water to clean the toilets, bathrooms and even driveways. Furthermore, you can use it to water herbs, shrubs or other plants in the compound. Also, you can use it on the garden when using organic detergents.
Idea #5- Collect the Overflow from Watering Plants
When you water your potted plants, have you noticed that extra water usually runs out of those drainage holes at the bottom of the pot? Don’t let that water go to waste! Place your plants in deep trays to collect that water. You can use the runoff from your larger plants to water the smaller ones.
What Is The Future Of Recycling Water?
Water recycling has proven to be effective and successful in creating a new and reliable water supply without compromising public health. So, non-potable reuse is a widely practice that will continue to grow. Advances in wastewater treatment technology and health studies of indirect potable reuse have led many to predict that planned indirect potable reuse will soon become more common. Recycling waste and greywater requires far less energy than treating salt water using a desalination system for example.
As water energy demands and environmental needs grow, water recycling will play a greater role in your overall water supply. By working with your community, you can manage your vital water resources.
Others Things You Can Do
Other things you can do to reuse and recycle water is join a program about climate change. If you don’t know where to start, Richmond Vale Academy is a good option for you. This academy, is a non profit institution in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More than 500 students from St. Vincent and around the world have participated in shorter and longer programs to fight poverty and protect the environment since 2002.
The Climate Change Activist Program, has the purpose that you learn and teach along with people from all over the world and contributing to create awareness, spreading the knowledge about Climate Change and Global Warming in the communities, and specific in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Remember, climate change is happening, and we have to do your best to help and mitigate against it. Play your part in the process of saving the planet’s resources.
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