H2O – TURN OFF THE TAP – NOW!

Posted: 14/02/2015 in Mnenja
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Its free and simple – and all it needs is you!

Tonight I woke up in Frankfurt, Germany with the sounds of the falling rain drops striking on my window shades. It was raining very heavily indeed.

Somehow I could relate this falling rain with my last evening’s observation in gym, wherein I realized how many people during shower, do not turn the tap off while applying soaps or shampoo on their body.

For me this represents a huge waste of clean drinking water and I felt maybe a little remark or a little step in this direction can enlighten individuals and may bring in impromptus  behavior changes regarding clean drinking water conservation.

Incidentally it needs just a little bit of attention, which is why I decided today to send out a simple and free message; change your daily behavior and save 1 liter of clean drinking water every day. This will result in 365 liters of water saved per year multiplied with my targeted audience of 1 million readers who are supposed to join will result in an enormous saving of 365.000.000 l (365 million liters) of clean drinking water per year. It doesn’t cost anything, just a little bit of attention and carefulness, cooperation and sharing of  knowledge.

Let’s show ourselves, that we care and lets save the water for coming generations of living beings on planet earth for the benefit of those who are not so lucky having fresh clean water nearby:

If you do not feel like reading the whole post – for you some fast, short and simple advice which guaranty your contribution of 1 liter a day:

  • From an open tap every minute runs 20 liters of water
  • From a dripping tap of 1 drop per minute we lose as much as 50 liters of water daily. Repair it yourself or call somebody now
  • Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth – you might save like 18 liters a minute. A 4 member household might save 900 liters of water a week
  • Turn off the tap while soaping
  • Turn off the tap while shaving – you might save like 450 liters of water in a week
  • After usage turn off the tap tight
  • Under the shower we consume around 140 liters of water
  • Using a bath requires twice the quantity
  • So rather use a shower – limit yourself to 5 minutes
  • To get and remain warm use a hug ! or clothes and not a hot shower with clean drinking water
  • Turn off the tap while shampooing
  • Start your dishwasher and washing machine when its full or use a suitable program for half full washing
  • If you do the dishes by hand, then do it in a full sink and not under running tap water
  • Re use the water in which you washed your vegetables and fruit for watering of your room plants or in the garden
  • After cleaning your aquarium use the water for watering your plants. That way you get also a free fertilizer
  • Reduce washing your car. Instead using clean drinking water, use the car-wash, who has a system for capturing waste water and uses environmentally friendly resources than elsewhere. Or, when you do it home use the bucket, and not the hose.
  • Minimize consumption of drinking water for flushing your toilet using a kettle with optional double flushing levels
  • Install on taps and shower a vent for low airflow, allowing approximately half lower water consumption
  • Choose one drinking glass a day and reduce that way necessary washing
  • Soak dishes and pans with caught on food, instead of running the tap water while removing of food residues from their surface
  • Throw paper towels, handkerchiefs and similar in the garbage and do not flushed down the toilet
  • Cook food in the smallest possible amount of water. This will not only save water, but also retain nutrients
  • Do not over water your lawn. Normally it needs watering in summer only every 5 to 7 days
  • Water your flowers early morning or in the evening, when temperature drops and it’s less windy. This means less evaporation
  • Water the garden with rainwater from a barrel

If you want to be active, please SHARE this little initiative such that the willing ones and the believers of this initiative can become a member who wants to save 365 million litters of clean drinking water every year.

How can you help me:H2O 2

  1. Consider to use in your life at least one of the above methods of reducing consumption
  2. Be my voice and discuss about this initiative with your family, friends, coworkers, school friends or total strangers
  3. Share my voice:
    1. Share it on Facebook
    2. Share it using email
    3. Share it on WordPress blog
    4. Share it on Twitter
  4. Be active – Do it yourself or use the below sticker and leaflet drafts and stick/position them on most suitable locations home, at work, school or elsewhere
    1. Info
    2. Stand
  5. Educate yourself. Observe and read how you can help your environment
  6. Teach your children and show them what is important and what they need to teach their children
  7. I am not collecting any funds, clicks or signatures and I probably will never know if we can achieve the target. So I will be very happy and appreciate any response or sign which signifies that  I had succeeded to give some push to this initiative. Write me, say hello and let me know your reaction and opinion about this initiative. Let me know if it makes a change or not. Send me a photo or video, where a label or information from this initiative is visible. Send me your suggestion, what might be included in this initiative. Let me know, how far I succeeded to reach out, to which which country, city or village.

Facebook: Moji utrinki navdiha by FosFos.org

Email: mojiutrinkinavdiha@gmail.com

Home page: www.FosFos.org

  1. Motivate – Let me know in case I can count on you in the future in your local environment

I promise to do my best to include you and your input into this initiative. And maybe we succeed achieving even a little more.

On 28 July 2010, through Resolution 64/292, the United Nations General Assembly explicitly recognized the human right for water and sanitation acknowledging the fact that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realisation of all human rights. And because the access to drinking water is”unfairly” distributed. Therefore it is necessary for us ,who have an easy access to do everything , to provide and allow access also to those who are not so lucky. The Resolution calls upon States and international organisations to provide financial resources, help capacity-building and technology transfer to help countries, in particular developing countries, to provide safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all:

  • Sufficient. The water supply for each person must be sufficient and continuous for personal and domestic uses. These uses ordinarily include drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, personal and household hygiene. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), between 50 and 100 liters of water per person per day are needed to ensure that most basic needs are met and few health concerns arise.
  • Safe. The water required for each personal or domestic use must be safe, therefore free from micro-organisms, chemical substances and radiological hazards that constitute a threat to a person’s health. Measures of drinking-water safety are usually defined by national and/or local standards for drinking-water quality. The World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for drinking-water quality provide a basis for the development of national standards that, if properly implemented, will ensure the safety of drinking-water.
  • Acceptable. Water should be of an acceptable colour, odour and taste for each personal or domestic use. All water facilities and services must be culturally appropriate and sensitive to gender, lifecycle and privacy requirements.
  • Physically accessible. Everyone has the right to a water and sanitation service that is physically accessible within, or in the immediate vicinity of the household, educational institution, workplace or health institution. According to WHO, the water source has to be within 1,000 meters of the home and collection time should not exceed 30 minutes.
  • Affordable. Water, and water facilities and services, must be affordable for all. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) suggests that water costs should not exceed 3 per cent of household income.

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Some interesting facts:

  • The consumption of water has increased six times in the last hundred years
  • One fifth of toilets leaks not even be aware of this
  • The washing machine consumes on average between 50 to 60 liters of water
  • One round of dish washing consumes 60 liters of water. New models with ecologic programs can reduce the consumption to 10-15 liters
  • The yearly death toll reaches almost 4 MIO people because of polluted water – that’s the size of Los Angeles every year!
  • 750 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people
  • More people die because lack of access to clean drinking water then getting killed using weapon
  • Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.
  • An American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for an entire day.
  • The average distance walked by women in Africa Asia in search of water is 6 kilometers a day
  • More people have a mobile phone than a toilet
  • Only 63% of population has access to sanitation
  • On average, every US dollar invested in water and sanitation provides an economic return of eight US dollars

I fully understand that the world is full of such initiatives, but I also do know, that some things need repetition and alert. So I do expect from this initiative only good.

I am a totally normal citizen of this planet Earth. I am not a marketing professional or somebody with lot of experience in such initiatives. So I do use only what I can, and these are social networks and friends and buddies, who helped me translating my message which I want to share. I do thank you guys for your help and support.

This initiative was started and translated into more then 10 languages.

I would be very happy for your additional help if somebody would translate this also in other languages. Do let me know and help me be understood also in other parts of the world.

Cheers,

FosFos

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