Celebrate water day, conserve the intake

The next time you grouse about your ‘expensive’ water bill in the Cayman Islands, take a minute and think about the process being used to get that fresh water to you.

As Consolidated Water’s Gregory McTaggart rightly said in an article in this edition of the Observer on Sunday, “People can tend to take water for granted and just expect it to come out of pipes and faucets, and it does’.

Today just about every household in the Cayman Islands has access to safe, clean, piped water. Gone are the days of our forefathers who had to catch the rain and dig wells for fresh water.

But that isn’t the case in the rest of the world.

World Water Day 2011 will be celebrated Tuesday, 22, March. The focus this year is on the urbanisation of the globe.

Urbanisation and demographic changes pose serious challenges to secure water supplies for future generations, as humans use more and more water each year.

And there are some staggering water facts across the globe:

The United Nations estimates more than 3 billion people may suffer from water shortages by the year 2025.

Each day almost 10,000 children younger than five in Third World countries die as a result of illnesses contracted by use of impure water.

Each person requires about 13 gallons of water on a daily basis, individuals in the United States use an average of 132 gallons,in England an average of 52 gallons.

So what can we do?

Cut down on water usage and fix any leaks you may have.

Running your clothes and dishwasher only when full you will save 1,000 gallons a month, the equivalent to two six-person hot tubs.

Taking a shorter shower can save 150 gallons a month, which equals a bathtub filled to the brim.

So give some thought to your actions the next time you use water in your home or business and be thankful that the Cayman Islands isn’t in the above statistics.