- 20 Mar 2019
Everything you need to know about World Water Day and how you can get involved.
What is World Water Day?
Living in Australia means that even with devastating droughts, most Aussies have access to safe drinking water, making it hard to believe that 1.8 billion people around the world don’t1. This is why on 22 March every year World Water Day exists to remind us that the water crisis does too.
This year’s theme ‘Leaving no one behind’ draws attention to the UN's Sustainable Development Goal number 6 – crystal clear water for all by 2030, leaving no one behind.
Why are people being left behind?
Water and sanitation are critical for human life, and sadly disadvantage, gender, nationality, disability, age, economic and social status impact access to clean water.
Lack of water, poor quality water, poor sanitation, floods and droughts, along with poor finances and infrastructure mean 3 in 10 people don’t have access to safely managed drinking water.
In parts of the world, no access to clean water at home means travelling long distances to collect water. The journey itself can be long and dangerous and takes hours of time every day that could otherwise be spent on education, looking after a family or starting a business.
Often the water being collected is untreated and is not safe to drink, it makes people sick and dehydrated, a cycle that owing to disadvantage is hard to break.
Can we solve the water crisis?
Yes. Water filtration systems and digging wells close to communities mean safe drinking water and so much more. They give back time for education, families and business opportunity. It also means less disease which means less money spent on medicine and more money invested in life.
What can we do this World Water Day?
Talking about the issue and raising awareness is key to driving change.
Begin by sharing articles, World Water Day resources and social media posts.
Donate to key organisations
Charity Water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries. You can make a one-off or monthly donation, with $30 a month giving 12 people clean water for a year.
WaterAid is an international not-for-profit, with teams in 34 countries they are determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone.
Water.Org empower people with access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing and have thus far helped 17 million people around the world.
Attend an event
Attend or hold your own World Water Day event. You can view events near you on the World Water Day website.
How can you help save water in your everyday life?
We don't have to worry that our water is safe, but we should be worried about how much we waste. Did you know that 80% of the water Australian use becomes wastewater?
Creating water cycles, reducing your water use and most importantly, reusing water that would otherwise be wasted starts at home with simple changes to your routine.
How to save water in the kitchen
Energy efficient dish washing
Compared to washing up in the sink, an energy efficient dishwasher is going to use less water, but this is only true if you only turn it on when it’s full, so make sure you stack it correctly and maximise water use. If you’re washing up by hand, avoid leaving the tap running, choose environmentally friendly products and rinse dishes in a half-filled sink instead.
Plan your meals to avoid waste
The kitchen is the room in the home that generates the most waste. Throwing out food itself represents a massive waste in water, so make sure you implement methods and put meal plans in place to prevent food waste. A sink strainer is also a good idea to make sure nothing but water heads down the drain into local waterways.
Clean your kitchen without chemicals
Cleaning your kitchen with ENJO helps reduce water use and prevent water contamination. Cleaning with ENJO means you only need a small amount of water to clean a large surface without a single chemical going down the drain.
Don't use excess water when cooking
Water is an important cooking tool, but there are a few simple ways you can reduce and recycle your cooking water. If you’re boiling water for vegetables or pasta, only use the amount of water you need (just enough to completely cover), and then reuse the cooking water on your plants once it has cooled. When it comes to washing fruits and vegetables, the ENJO Fruit & Veg Cloth is specially designed to remove unwanted residue with minimal water. Plan ahead and defrost frozen foods in the fridge overnight instead of soaking in water.
Keep water cold in the fridge
Keep a reusable bottle of tap water in the fridge for drinking, this means you won’t have to run the tap waiting for the water to cool.
How to save water in the bathroom
Having a shower can be a big water waster, but there are a few things you can do combat the waste. Time your showers so that you’re not spending more than 4-5 minutes getting clean. Invest in a water efficient shower head and place a bucket in the shower to collect the grey water to feed your garden or wash the dog. Santé’s reusable skin care range, can remove makeup, cleanse and lift impurities and gently exfoliate the skin with a minimal amount of water. No waste, no microbeads, or cleansers and no packaging help protect our waterways.
Use the toilet as a toilet
Never use your toilet as a bin, invest in a kinder, less toxic toilet cleaner with more plant-based ingredients and only flush when you need to.
Brush your teeth with the tap off
Always turn the tap off in between use, this is such a simple way to prevent water waste.
Clean your bathroom with fibre technology
ENJO’s Bathroom Range allows you to clean your bathroom surfaces effectively without chemicals and just a small amount of water, plus bathroom floors can be kept spotless without the need for a bucket and mop, the ENJO Floorcleaner Fibres only need to be damp to loosen and lift dirt with ease.
How to save water in the laundry
Wash a proper load
Reduce your water use by making sure you only use the washing machine when it’s fully loaded. Greywater from your washing machine is also a valuable fertilizer for the garden, plus reusing it ensures it stays out of sewers and septic systems.
Look for energy efficient machines
When the time comes to source a new washing machine, invest in an energy and water efficient model. Front-loading washers tend to use less water the top loaders, and because they use less water, they need less detergent.
Choose a kind and caring detergent
Avoid detergents that contain phosphates that can cause algae blooms impacting aquatic life. Look for plant-based and vegetable-based ingredients and detergents that indicate they are biodegradable.
How to save water in your outdoor living areas
Clean your car without chemicals
Cleaning your car presents plenty of problems when it comes to saving water and protecting waterways from contamination. Using ENJO’s Car Glove and Car Miracle means all you need is a bucket of water to clean your entire car – no running hose, and no chemicals running straight into the drainage system – simple, but effective!
This is such a simple way to recycle water straight from the sky to use at a later date when the days are long and dry.
Choose drought-resistant plants
When choosing your outdoor foliage think succulents and drought-resistant trees! They are great for Australian gardens, they need hardly any water and you’ll get all the greenery you’re after for your outdoor oasis.
Water your garden effectively
Use up any greywater you’ve saved up from the shower and washer. Water your garden in the morning, this way you’ll lose less water to evaporation. Deep soaking of your lawn is also important, you need to soak down to the roots or else it’s a wasteful exercise.
Green clean your outdoor furniture
ENJO’s Outdoor Range is great for keeping outdoor dining areas clean without chemicals and with minimal water waste. Opt to sweep paths, driveways and porches to keep them clean as opposed to watering them.
How else do you save water at home? Share your tips in the comments and remember to talk World Water Day on 22 March 2019.