Beep, Beep, your morning alarm is going off. You reach over to your bedside table to turn it off without knocking over your glass of water from the night before. Stumbling out of bed, you head to the bathroom. After using the toilet, you’ll wash your face, run the shower and brush your teeth. Then you head to the kitchen to fill the coffee maker with water. While the coffee is being prepared, you take a clean bowl out of the dishwasher which ran the night before. Pour some cereal, get some coffee and enjoy your breakfast.
In the short amount of time since you’ve woken up, you’ve used plenty of water. You turn on the tap and there it is. Imagine instead when you wake up your first task is to collect your water for the day. To collect this water you would have to walk for hours in the hot sun carrying a minimal amount of water home. Over 2.1 billion people live without safe water at home. 159 million people must collect surface water each day. 4 billion people, ⅔ of the world’s population, experience severe water scarcity at least one month each year. Water, our most precious resource, is in short supply.
Even here in Utah, water is in great demand. Utah will need $32 billion to meet water demand through 2060. In fact, the economy of Utah is dependent on water. A $14 billion investment in water in Utah would yield an estimated 930 000 jobs, $93 billion in incremental economic output, and $71 billion in personal incomes. Your life and your job are dependent on water. That’s why it is so important to conserve it.
Conserving water is a great way to start appreciating how much water you use each day. Even small changes can make a big difference. Don’t run the faucet while you are brushing your teeth. Cut back on laundry or dishwasher use. Trade in old toilets and water-using appliances for more efficient ones. Landscape your home to cut back on water use. Every little bit helps conserve water resources. Central Utah Water offers educational resources on how to conserve your water use.
Each day, you wake up and use water without even thinking about it. March 22 was World Water Day. This day is a reminder to all us of how some do not have the water that they need. 700 million people worldwide will be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030. Even here in Utah, water is a precious resource. It’s time to start taking care of this resource and using it properly. Do your part to conserve water!