BBC posted a list of 11 cities that are the most likely to run out of drinking water in the near future last March, and unsurprisingly Cairo was fourth on the list.
“The UN estimates critical shortages in the country by 2025.” Said the BBC.
This ranking didn’t come out of nowhere, we, Egyptians, were raised upon false norms that subliminally led to this crisis. What is even scarier is that up to this moment we don’t realize what exactly we are doing that wastes so much water.
Besides agricultural and political reasons that are currently out of our hands, still, a huge share of the problem falls on our shoulders and still can be saved.
That’s why we brought you those 10 things we do every day that we don’t know that they are wasting so much water.
First of all, you don’t need to sing half of the songs you’ve ever memorized in the shower, two is enough. Limit yourself to maximum 5-6 minutes per shower.
Also, don’t waste cold water while waiting for hot water to reach the shower head. I know it’s cold, but instead of letting all this water flow down, catch it in a container to use on your outside plants or to flush your toilet.
2) Brushing your teeth
You don’t realize how much water you’re consuming when you leave the faucet open this long, but you can save up for 3 gallons each day by just turning the faucet off while you’re not using it.
3) Washing your hands
Do you need the water to run while you’re scrubbing your hands? Save a few gallons of water and turn the faucet off after you wet your hands until you need to rinse.
4) Using your toilet as a wastebasket
Don’t use the toilet as a wastebasket. Not only can flush trash down your toilet causes plumbing and water quality issues, but it uses several gallons of water each time. Throw your tissues, hair, medication, and any other trash away in a trash can to prevent unnecessary waste.
5) Washing your car with a hose
Use a bucket as opposed to a hose to wash your car. While a little more works, using a bucket instead of a hose to wash your car will cut down on water use.
6) Washing the dishes
If you wash dishes by hand, don’t leave the water running for rinsing. If you have two sinks, fill one with rinse water. If you only have one sink, use a spray device or short blasts instead of letting the water run. Saves 200 to 500 gallons a month.
7) Defrosting food with running water
Don’t defrost frozen foods with running water. Either planned ahead by placing frozen items in the refrigerator overnight or defrost them in the microwave. Saves 50 to 150 gallons a month.
8) Cleaning fruits and vegetables under running water
Clean fruits and vegetables in a bowl of water instead of under running water. And scrub each fruit with your hands to ensure its cleanliness. This way is more effective than just letting the water run in vain.
9) Opening the tap to the fullest
When opening the tap, always make sure it’s semi-opened. You don’t need to be open to full power, a little flow of water will do the same job as the fully opened tap.
This last one is unexpected but…
Carpool, bike, or use public transportation. By carpooling to school, biking to work, or taking a bus, you’ll cut down on energy use as well as water use. It takes many gallons of water to produce one gallon of gasoline, so do your part and try to drive less.
You might think that those little things can never make a change, but honestly, these are the things that do actually turn the table upside down. Or at least, you wouldn’t have to feel personally responsible for the crisis if you’re doing your part well.