I managed to wash my hair with 1 ½ buckets of water.
Im sure there are lots of people who manage with less. Im always amazed by the rows of clean shining vessels in small one roomed houses when you know they get them clean with a bucket of water they have to fetch from somewhere far away.
But I’m guilty of using flowing water easily. Not leave-it –open- while- I- brush but comfortable enough not to give it too much thought . Till now, when we have had to buy water for a few months.
We only seem to do things when it hits us personally. And then sit in judgement on other people who are not doing likewise.
Browsing around to find out how much water we actually need a day, I find that most tables are meant for American consumers and they consume a great deal.
The average person on the earth gets 10 litres a day while the average American gets 350 litres of water, the average person in Sweden 200, in France they use 150.
My rough estimate is 400-500 litres per day for our family of 4 .
A guide to usage of water for some activities
|Brushing teeth (water running)||(3.75-7.51 liters)|
|Shaving (water running)||(38-57 liters)|
|Washing dishes by hand||(75 liters)|
|Washing dishes in dishwasher||(34-45 liters)|
|Flushing toilet||(19-26 liters)|
( 1 bucket is about 25 litres roughly)
While we have installed a system to distribute kitchen and bathroom waste water to the plants, rain water harvesting from the roof is yet to be put in place. Now this will spur us on.
The dismaying part is pundits predict that the water scarcity will increase with the years in the countries already burdened with the problem. Just as with money and food, the disparity is going to continue. Hopefully at least it will be less.
Kim Mccory challenges people to manage on 1 bucket of water a day. He hasn’t lived too much in the third world maybe. Visual economics presents statistics on water and everything else so illustrations that are instantly interesting and impactful. And if you want to calculate your water usage, a quick calculator is here.
Doing without water makes life a bit dreary. I’ve always had this answer ready if someone were to ever ask ’ what would you do first if you became the CM/ PM?’ My answer would be ‘get water to every household’. Sadly, as with most clever replies, it hasn’t got aired so far. And this action plan seems destined to stay folded away..