We sometimes wonder, “What can I do to help the water shortage in this region?” Here are some suggestions … send us more!
In the kitchen:
• When washing dishes by hand, fill the sink basin or a large container and rinse when all of the dishes have been soaped and scrubbed.
• Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.
• Keep a pitcher of water in the fridge for drinks instead of running the tap.
In the laundry room:
• Run your washing machine (and dishwasher) only when full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
• Consider using a large plastic trash can to capture rinse water for plants with a bucket.
In the garden and yard:
• Use drip irrigation for shrubs and trees to apply water directly to the roots where it’s needed.
• Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by planting shrubs and ground covers appropriate to your site and region.
• Collect the water you use for rinsing fruits and vegetables, and then reuse it to water houseplants.
In the bathroom:
• Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
• Keep a bucket in the shower and bathroom sink to catch water as it warms up or runs. Use this water to flush toilets or water plants.
Water conservation consciousness:
• Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
• Encourage your local school system and government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
BY THE WAY, WHAT ARE THE FACTS?
• 75% of our earth is covered with water yet 1.4 billion people live without clean drinking water.
• The Independence Aquifer has been overexploited for at least 60 years.
• Wells must be drilled up to 300 meters or more to reach the water level.
• Water is the basic problem in San Miguel.
• Citizens have no idea we are drinking fossil water and that the aquifer is being overexploited.
• Water comes from 17 wells for the city of San Miguel.
• The water system is from 25 to 50 years old (down town) and water leaks go from 20 to 40 percent.
• Normally citizens don’t drink water directly from the faucet.
• Some communities don’t have any water or receive water one hour per week.
• Water depletion is a result of bad irrigation practices, over grazing, deforestation, soil erosion and sand extraction, and the increasing population.
• Without the appropriate water practices the aquifer’s water quality and quantity will diminish.
• 83 percent of the water goes to agriculture, 12 percent goes to urban areas, 3 percent applies to services and 2 percent to industry.
• Desertification is increasing and is visible.
• Irrigation practices must be optimized and crops should be changed for those that consume less water, changing eating habits.