This guide is about water conservation, and what we can
do to reduce the use of one of our most precious, yet undervalued,
resources – water!
Why is water conservation so important? Because a
safe and secure supply of water is no longer the "sure thing" it may have
been just a few years ago. While demand for water is on the rise,
pollution, declining water tables, and prolonged drought conditions are
shrinking the usable supply.
We need to reassess our attitudes about water, and
water conservation. We use water everyday at home and at work in so
many situations that we take it pretty much for granted.
Water passes through our households, cooking our food,
bathing us, washing our clothes, watering our lawns and carrying away the
various by-products of our day-to-day lives. We return it to the
environment, often to the same body of water it came from, usually in a
much poorer state.
When we understand how water cycles through the
environment, we begin to appreciate the significant role we can play in
improving the quality and protecting the quantity of our water resource,
by practising some basic rules of conservation.