How we can help our planet’s water problems
It’s a preposterous fact, but the planet’s two biggest water problems derive from too much water or too little water! For many of us we are driven towards saving water with education, information and inventions. For many, however, their continual struggle is where their water will come from.
There are many ways we can conserve our water supply, both at home and at work, and here at Total Soft Water, we supply a range of products that can help contribute towards saving water and reducing the water usage of each and every household.
Hot water tap
With instant hot water (hot enough to make a cup of tea) at the turn of a tap, this device saves money and energy. With the boiling water readily available, there is no wastage in either making pasta, blanching vegetables or preparing baby formula.
Whether you want a water softener for the home or for a business premises, the benefits are numerous. Using a water softener in the home means you need less water to clean the car, cutlery and clothes. The lack of limescale build up extends the life of pipes, boilers and household appliances. Research shows that:
“Kitchens benefit from soft water as well because soft water is up to 12 times more effective at cleaning dishes than increasing the amount of detergent used.”
Saving energy and money with industrial water softeners is proving to be integral for schools, hospitals and leisure centres.
Drinking water filters
The battle rages on between bottled and tap water, and as fortunate as we are in the western world to have access to potable drinking water, some of us just don’t trust it! A drinking water filter not only gives you clean tap water, but with the money saved you could contribute to one of the amazing water charities that are constantly devising new and inspiring ways to help the contrasting problem of ‘no water’.
Having already highlighted this charity before, let’s take a look at what’s new in their fight to bring clean water to every living person on the planet. With a number of volunteering programmes, partnership opportunities and campaigns, there are several events that you can partake in to raise money:
- Wateraid mountain challenge, 11th June, Lake District. Join one of the walking teams to the top of one of the Lakeland Fells.
- Hanningfield triathlon, 21st May, Essex. Enter to complete a: 750m swim, 24km bike, 5km run.
- Trek Malawi, 4-13 November, Mount Mulanje, Malawi. 5 days trekking up Mount Mulanje followed by a visit to a WaterAid project.
The Water Project
Bill Gates has brought us this amazing water charity that has thrown down a water challenge to inspire Americans to drink water to save water. It’s simple in its concept: drink only water for two weeks and then put the extra money saved to a good cause: The Water Project!
The Bill Gates magic touch seems to also have worked here as over the last 12 months – over 800 groups all around the U.S and Canada signed up for the challenge. This money is now funding projects in Africa.
Although it may seem like the odds are forever in our favour as far as water access goes, the more we become mindful to the current crisis in the developing world and the future crisis in ours, we will be more inclined to take action today.
[Photo by werner22brigitte]