Today being World Water Day, let us remind ourselves of our responsibility to nature and planet earth. The UN has announced that over 600 million people across the globe strive to get clean and safe water and spend a lot of time and energy in order to acquire the same. It is time we address the crisis and look at the small things, we as individuals can do to contribute towards saving an extra drop!
The theme for this year is ‘Why waste water’. Reduce & Reuse is the fundamental thought that needs to sink in every time we use water at home & our work place.
In this article, we list out a few essential kitchen practices that can save up a few gallons per home per day, which globally cumulates to millions of gallons of water on a day-to-day basis:
Washing the produce: When you wash vegetables and fruits, manage the amount of time you will spend rinsing them. If you have a lot of vegetables/fruits to scrub, fill the sink instead of leaving running water on.
Defrost: Water usage to defrost frozen foods can be avoided if left in the fridge overnight (nothing better than avoiding frozen ones though)
One-pot cooking: This saves the number of dishes to wash and considerable amount of water in the process
Tea-time: Fill your kettle with only the amount of water you need. Boiling less water also saves electricity/gas
Low-flow faucet: Older faucets flow at 5 gallons per minute; new efficient faucets cut that to 1.5 gallons. You save 3.5 gallons every minute you normally run the kitchen faucet.
Leaky faucet: A drippy faucet can add up to many gallons down the drain.
Dishwasher vs Hand-washing: Research shows that dishwashers consume about 60% lesser water than hand washing of dishes
Reuse: Unsalted cooking water (from pasta, soup, vegetables, etc.) can be reused to water plants outdoors, washing machine, cleaning purposes, etc….
Steam instead of boil: Vegetables prepared in a steamer need a fraction of the water to cook.
We would love to hear your suggestions to save water. Alas, every drop makes a difference!