There’s no water on Mars, but there’s plenty on Earth. Despite this, we, as a planet, are making final preparations to colonise The Red Planet! So far 6 South Africans have been shortlisted as the first Mars colonists. It’s a massive step for mankind, although most of us will stay here. However, unless we are more careful, we might be forced to pack our bags as well! One way to keep our planet habitable is to conserve water – a key ingredient for life.
Did you know that only 2.5% of the Earth’s water is drinkable?
What’s even more astonishing is where this water comes from:
- Purified river water
- Melted snow or ice from glaciers
- Treated rain water
The good news is, you don’t have to melt a glacier for a cup of tea in the morning! Plumbing, one of the greatest inventions in human history, has helped deliver water to many of us for centuries.
So, why save water?
With our population booming, it’s becoming more and more important to save water. In other words, more people = more water needed.
By making small changes, you can save a lot of water, which will help a lot of other people. You might even be saving water now without realising it! For example, if your washing machine pumps water into the garden and not the drain, then you’re already watering your plants!
5 Easy ways to save water without wasting your time
- Lower the pressure on your shower nozzle (or buy a new one)
- Don’t fill the bath to the brim
- Don’t leave the tap running while you’re brushing your teeth or shaving
- Fill a small bowl with clean water to rinse your dishes instead of running them under the tap – do the same when rinsing veggies.
- If you can afford it, install a low-flush toilet
You’d be surprised by how much water you can save just by following these simple steps. Take a look at Mars: it’s red, dry and very, very hot. The people involved in the Mars programme will need to take water with them in order to survive. We’re the lucky ones, water comes to us, we just have to take care of it.
Who knows? The little bit you save today, could one day be a blessing for our descendants on Mars!