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Why is freshwater important?
- Freshwater is essential for our planet. It is vital for humans & wildlife to survive. Freshwater environments include rivers, lakes, wetlands, streams and underground aquifers – these are all crucial to the water we need and drink.
- Only about 3% of earth’s water is freshwater, with 1.75–2% frozen in glaciers, ice and snow, 0.7–0.8% as fresh groundwater and soil moisture leaving less than 0.01% of it as surface water in lakes, swamps and rivers.
- Population growth & climate change is causing a huge impact to freshwater availability and by 2030 nearly half of the world’s population will live in areas of high water stress.
- The combination of population growth, spiralling increase in water use and pollution have put huge pressure on our rivers and streams. Research shows that a third of the water we take from rivers is wasted.
What can I do?
- The average roof collects about 85,000 litres of rain in a year. This could fill 450 water butts with free rain water.
- It’s okay for the lawn to go brown, it helps it to build up resistance and recover immediately after rainfall.
- Sprinklers can use as much as 1000 litres per hour! This is more than a family of four use in a whole day. If you have to use a sprinkler, try to use it in the early morning/late afternoon when evaporation rates are the lowest.
- Pressure washers should be used sparingly. Look out for water efficient models that are available.
- Attaching a trigger nozzle onto your hosepipe will halve the amount of water used and help direct the flow to the root of your plants.
- Watering cans can significantly reduce the amount of water used whilst getting the desired amount to your plants.