rising from the ashes

  • Madeline Hogan

Water is life

Water is something I have often taken for granted. When I turn on the tap I expect water to flow, water which is safe to drink directly from the tap. This summer there were water restrictions in Ireland because of the heat wave and lack of rain over the summer months which resulted in drought conditions. Many people became more aware of their consumption of water and now value the fact that it is available 24/7 in their homes.

On the website www.allaboutwater.org there are some interesting and useful facts about water, some of which I didn’t know:

  1. Roughly 70 percent of an adult’s body is made up of water

  2. A healthy person can drinkabout 48 cups (11.35 litres) of water a day.

  3. Pure water (solely hydrogen andoxygen atoms) has a neutral pH of 7, which is neither acidic nor basic.

  4. Water dissolves more substance than any other liquid. Wherever it travels, water carries chemicals, minerals and nutrients with it.

  5. Caffeine can act as a mild diuretic, preventing water from travelling to necessary locations in the body.

  6. Somewhere between 70 and 75 percent of the earth’s surface is covered with water.

  7. Much more fresh water is store under the ground in aquifers than on the earth’s surface.

  8. By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over 1 percent of its total water amount.

  9. The weight a person loses directly after intense physical activity is weight from water, not fat.

So what can we do to be more responsible about our water consumption?

  1. Take shorter showers

  2. Turn off the tap as you brush your teeth

  3. Fill the washing machine before using

  4. Cut your plastic use by using less and recycling as much as possible and look for items with less packaging.

  5. Reduce your consumption of red meat and chocolate – the water footprint to produce beef is 9,463 gallons of water and chocolate 2,847!

  6. Take the bus or metro or better still walk where possible. A car requires a gallon of water for each gallon of petrol to run.

Do what you can as by everybody doing their best, overall it will help a lot!

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