We all know that drinking water is essential for life. The majority of human body weight is from the water. Water is important in all chemical reactions that occur in the body. There cannot be life on earth without water. It is essential for plants and animals and for the existence of life on earth. Almost 60% of our body is water. One cannot live long without water. Uncontaminated fresh water is essential to be healthy. We should drink enough water daily to keep our health in good condition. We Sri Lankan’s are lucky to have plenty of drinking water available throughout the year. Even in the driest zones water problem is not as severe as it is many countries of the world.
It is said that almost 83% of the world population lives in the driest part of the planet and several millions of people don’t have access to clean fresh drinking and many more millions of people die of drinking water-related diseases. If the water we drink is not clean, it is dangerous to our health. Many different kinds of diseases are spread by water. Sometimes people in very large numbers die from infectious diseases like cholera which spread through water. Doctors advised the public to drink boiled water. Freshwater is a renewable resource, yet the world’s supply of clean, fresh water is steadily decreasing. Water demand already exceeds supply in many parts of the world and as the world population continues to rise, so does the water demand. According to world statistics, 97% of water on the earth is salt water, and only 3% is fresh water of which slightly over 2/3s is frozen in glaciers and polar ice caps. The remaining unfrozen fresh water is mainly found in groundwater.
We use water in so many ways in our daily life. It is used for many purposes apart from drinking. Water resources are a source of water that is useful or potentially useful to humans. Uses of water include agricultural, industrial, household, recreational and environmental activities. Virtually all of these human uses require fresh water. At home, we use water mainly for drinking, cooking, bathing, and washing. We use a lot of water for home gardening too. However, many people tend to forget just how important water is to stay in healthy and fit all our life on earth. Since it is freely available, people don’t realize how precious water is for everyone. In most parts of our country, people take fresh water from ground wells and in other places people have water supplying local government authorities.
Water covers almost three-quarter part of the world. It means water is occupying more portion compared to land. But this water is becoming more polluted because of the environmental changes. So it is necessary to conserve the water. People don’t care much or they simply don’t know how to conserve the water. A few simple changes in the home about the water consumption make a vast contribution to water conservation.
We all use the water. We must also see how we are using this. It is important to note that a lot of water is wasted when using for domestic purpose. Leaking pipes are one problem and whilst this may not be your fault, you can be blamed for not acting quickly to get it fixed. It is an easy problem to fix (see ineedtheplumber.com/leak-repair/ for more information) and needs resolving as soon as possible to limit the amount of wasted water. Laziness to not stop the running tap when it’s not in use is another. By conserving water we can also save money. There are hundreds of ways to conserve the water. We may not follow all those ways. But it is everyone’s duty to protect the water sources from population and target on sustainable management of this life supporting commodity. This is essential for the people living on earth now and for the future generation. If this situation continues we can see water in shops only. This heading is not going to be a new thing at that time.