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Importance of potable water and the need to strengthen its Reuse/Recycling Policies in our society

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Syed Farhan
Focused on issues related to exploration of groundwater resources. Design, study and implementation of groundwater projects, studies, assessment, modeling and groundwater depletion impact.
  • Importance of potable water and the need to strengthen its ReuseRecycling Policies in our society

As we all are aware that freshwater is a valuable resource upon which every life is dependent, is unfortunately at the edge of depleting, many cities are on the list of water scarcity and many are effecting in dry seasons, on the other hand, due to lack of awareness and negligence of this valuable resource in our society we are also witnessing that tones of potable water being wasted every day, ending up in drains. It’s time to treat this liquid efficiently to guaranteed its sustainability for the future.

Efficient policies required at all levels, communities, and government organizations to suggest and implement ways to address this global issue, improving its use in a more efficient and organized manner by introducing, strengthening, and implementing its reuse/recycling policies through strategies which is within the reach of a common man and could easily implement and cover all sectors of the society.

At Source Water Reuse/Recycling Policies (Summarized)

Two approaches are suggested here which could start from home and can expand to communities to policize and utilize potable water more efficiently at its source.

  • An effective way which could help in maintaining this precious supply sustainable is by introducing cost-effective home-based wastewater treatment plants that could supply and install in homes by water-supply companies on easy installments to its consumers, these treatment plants should work with any household and contribute to Reuse/Recycling process at the source by recycling the grey water which a household is producing for that household again. If not for drinking or cooking purposes that recycled water then can be used in many ways like in W.C. flushes, gardens, washing floors, cars and with so many other activities we could think of, this would also help to restrict and localize any specific contamination to that source point only.
  • Another way of conserving water would be to implement policies to utilize rainwater more efficiently. We also witness tons of rainwater wasting into drains, Government Organizations could introduce construction policies to manage rainwater more efficiently which every home could easily afford and implement to Recharge Groundwater, some are mentioned as below.
    • Swapping driveways, verandas, parking lots from concrete to Permeable floors by choosing permeable bricks, gravel, crushed shells/stones that allow water to soak in.
    • Consider leaving strips of grass at edges, in-between floor tiles to allow water to seep down.
    • Make slopes along sideways of verandas, creating a catch for runoff and diverting it into reservoirs, or construct rectangular splash blocks or gravel pits to divert rainwater from rooftop pipes to a downspout.
    • Dig shallow Dry wells by locating downspouts which allow precipitation to reach deeper into the ground.
    • Growing gardens in front and backyards of the homes.

All these steps would not only keep our floors clean from getting stormed but also contribute to Recharge Groundwater more effectively, put fewer burdens on the city drainage lines by utilizing rainwater at the source point around the property to where it belongs.

Besides implementing these policies on domestic scales at homes, these policies can be implemented on a broader level like at source treatment in offices/school buildings / Restaurants /Hotels which means “bigger savings” and if we look on a much broader spectrum like implementing these recycle/reusing policies in factories /workshops / Terminals/Airports it could contribute much more.

Such tiny save-ups which start from home and lead to a city and from a city to a country and in the whole world would certainly bring wonders. These small acts would not only be contributing to conserve water but also will be generating a “sense of value” of this precious liquid in our societies, especially with the kids. When they grow up in an environment noticing these technologies working around them they start to think more realistic towards this neglected natural resource and grow up with a true sense of responsibility attached to it and would come up with more innovative solutions to cope-up with this common future challenge.

Drop by drop communities could contribute to a river. This would be the real essence of “Water for All and Leaving No One Behind”. It’s a global issue and needs to be addressed by all nations working as a Global body so why not make this precious liquid on which every life is dependent a bounding factor towards uniting borders rather making it a marking factor for marking borders – Think!.

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