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Raising Awareness about Water Consumption

Water Scarcity


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In the second module, we learned that MENA is an arid region (it doesn’t get much rain) and faces a water crisis. In the previous modules we outlined a number of the challenges. Now let’s look at our water consumption habits (that’s how we use water) and how we can all help deal with the crisis.
Did you know that every 7 years the amount of fresh water lost in MENA is equal to the volume of the Dead Sea? This is the fastest rate on the planet.
In addition to this the amount of water lost from pipes in cities often reaches 40 to 50 percent. Countries try to recycle this water and use it in agriculture, but more than 50% of the water does not reach the plants.
Therefore, MENA countries depend mainly on desalination plants for water, especially the GCC countries.
As the saying goes, any change must come from us first. We can all do little things that can affect the long-term future.

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Here are some good habits that will go a long way to save water:
  • Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth, wash your hands or shave. This can save 6 litres of water per minute.
  • Use a low flush toilet
  • Put a bucket in the shower while you're waiting for the water to warm up, and use the water you collect for watering plants or cleaning the floor.
  • Turn off the water in the shower when you use the soap. Showers use between 60 and 100 litres of water in 4 minutes.
  • Never leave the water running while washing dishes.
  • Use a watering can instead of a hose for watering your plants.
  • Wash vegetables in a bowl of water rather than under the tap in the sink.
  • Make sure taps don’t leak water and fix them as soon as they do.
You will be surprised to know that an average person, like you and me, wastes around 120 litres of water a day. By following these tips, we can avoid wasting water and help spread awareness about water consumption.
Even small changes can make a big difference. Let’s take action together, starting from today!