Podcast Urges Canadians to Value Water

The What a Waste podcast, hosted by Torah Kachur, has discussed a number of different issues.  On one of her podcasts, she interviews Canadians across the country about wasting water.  As Kachur points out, while it seems like water is incredibly plentiful, it is still a limited resource that can be wasted.  According to the figures presented on the podcast, Canadians use as much as 329L of water every day, which is about 15 times more than we actually need to use.  On average, each Canadian uses about twice as much water as an average European.  Why is that?

The biggest issue is how we use water.  According to Kachur, during the warmer months, almost 50 percent of all of Canada’s treated water is used to water gardens or lawns.  That doesn’t include the large amount of water used for toilets, showers, cooking, cleaning, and washing.  Then there’s irrigation—as much as 70 percent of all freshwater in the world is used for irrigating crops.

While Canada may not see any shortage of water yet, other countries do.  There are 884 million people around the world who do not have access to safe drinking water.  That’s about 40 percent of the total population of the planet.

Fortunately, there are a number of different things that can be done to conserve water.  People don’t have to make large changes or completely rework their lifestyle, either.  For example, simply taking a shorter shower every day can have a huge impact on the amount of water used.  Fixing any leaks in your faucets, showers, and outdoor hoses can also help, plus it will lower your water bill.

Appliances can use up a lot of water and power.  When you run your washing machine or dishwasher when they aren’t full, you’re using up more water and energy than you need to.  Wait until you have full loads whenever possible.  In the bathroom, install a low-flush toilet if you can.  If not, adding a weight such as a plastic bottle of dirt to the toilet tank will help conserve water by making the toilet use less with each flush.

If you have to water outdoors, use the hose instead of a sprinkler system.  You can also set up a rain water collector and save that water for your plants.

Kachur and her guests urge Canadians to start using these water-saving techniques today because, even though we have no water shortage, there’s no guarantee we will continue to have plenty of water in the future if we don’t save now.