Water is a basic necessity in life, mainly used for drinking, washing, cooking, cleaning and many more purposes. A human being may survive three weeks without food, however, can only survive three days without water. The frequency of water shortage happening throughout the world causes many countries to not take the crisis too well. There are several causes of water scarcity, that are water pollution, overuse or misuse of water, climate change, loss of groundwater, unutilized resources and unfair pricing of water. A number of areas in Malaysia were gravely affected – namely Klang Valley – its recent struggles with water scarcity have been covering headlines in the media. Dire situations like these where water is needed for most of the time speaks a lot about how troublesome this crisis is for anyone who is affected in the area such as Bangsar, Kota Kemuning and Klang.
A recent report from NASA stated that the future of the world is leading towards water insecurity and on a brink of freshwater shortage. Despite that, the development of humanity throughout history displays how resourcefully smart we can be to get ready for the water crisis. This crisis is a phase that requires patience and hustling our energy for the sake of our well-being. Here are ways to prep yourself up before the water shortage period:
Prepare An Emergency Water Container
It can be anything; bottles, pail, mugs, cups – any items that are functional to fill up the water to the max until it is sufficient to last throughout the water shortage period. Store enough clean water early in case of emergency to ease your daily lives during that duration, whether short or medium for the long run.
Install A Rainwater Harvesting System
Rainwater is a relatively clean and free source of water. Storing rainwater gives you total control on its usage which is beneficial for those who live in an area with water restrictions. The fun part is you can DIY the system by putting a little effort into it! There are many kinds of rainwater harvesting system that you can choose according to your liking, such as using the most common method which is a rain barrel, or if you want a more intermediate approach, using a “dry system” which is a larger volume than rain barrels or a “wet” system which uses underground pipes. You can never go wrong with rainwater as this can save gallons of water.
Practice Wise Water Usage
This method is best done even if there is no water disruption and can conserve more precious water resources. It is a very simple practice that can be habitual if you act consistently. For example, turn off the water when brushing your teeth, shorten shower time by a few minutes, run full loads in the washing machine and so on. You can also fill up a bucket with rainwater to wash your car rather than using tap water to save more.
Be Aware Of Pipe Leakage
The last thing we need during a critical water shortage is a leaky pipe which can drain a large volume of water supply to complete waste, especially when it is the biggest storage you have left. Be alert and prioritize the condition of your water system by getting the pipe repaired immediately if any leakage is detected to reduce water loss so that there would be no further problem regarding insufficiency in source supply. Also, if there are any other technical drawbacks in the water system that may disrupt the water flow or at possible risk of pollution should be resolved without delay.
Water shortage may occur often at unusual times, and it should not be taken lightly as water can be easily contaminated. Besides pollution, other natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes can also disrupt and contaminate water supplies, resulting in dirty brown water which is not suitable for drinking use. Always be on the ready at any times so that there will be no difficulties in the near future.