Water conservation is an important concept, but many people may not realize exactly how much of a difference conserving water can actually make. It’s easy to picture water as being an endless resource, causing the value of water conservation to seem relatively small… after all, what’s the point in conserving water when there’s always going to be more? Unfortunately, water is not anywhere near being a limitless resource; without conservation there is a very real threat of water shortages in the areas that need water the most. The environmental impact of water conservation isn’t the only thing that should be considered when deciding how important conservation really is, however.
It is generally much easier to see a problem when viewing it from the perspective of how it can affect you instead of how it affects the world, and water conservation can have a major impact on your life without you even realizing it. By conserving water you save money, and not just the few dollars on the water bill each that can be saved by fixing leaky faucets and adjusting the water output of your toilet. The more water that is conserved, the less need there will be for expensive facilities to desalinate or treat water that currently isn’t able to be used for human consumption. This can reduce taxes as well as your water bill overall, and by making more water available for irrigation efforts can even reduce the amount that you pay for vegetables and other foods at the store. When adding this to the amount that adds up from the “few dollars” that you save each month you may find that you’re actually saving quite a bit of money each year because of water conservation efforts.
On the larger scale, water conservation is important from the environmental standpoint because it increases the amount of useable water that is available overall. Polluted water and saltwater are not only bad for humans to drink, but can damage crops and will even cause problems or grazing fields and trees as well. Clean water is needed to combat droughts that are becoming more common in major agricultural sectors, and is also vitally important to disaster relief efforts focused on areas where local water may be contaminated with potentially deadly bacteria. Without water conservation, the amount of fresh water available to assist in these situations will be drastically reduced… and that’s not even counting the water shortages that may occur in other areas as the water supplies become more in demand.
One of the greatest benefits to water conservation is the fact that it’s fairly easy to accomplish. You can save money and greatly help the environment simply by taking the time to reduce your water usage and eliminating water waste. Conservation doesn’t require any large changes to your lifestyle; you simply have to spend a little bit of time figuring out where most of your water waste occurs and then take steps to correct the problems that you find. Even relatively small changes in the amount of water that you use can have a major impact in the long run.