Traveling throughout the North Island over the past few weeks, I have witnessed the countryside turning from a pale shade of green to brown. With many areas in Aotearoa, New Zealand experiencing near drought or drought conditions, many of us are aware that we have to conserve one of our most precious resources we have – water.
We have been fortunate in the past years, with rainfall at regular intervals, keeping our water levels high and not having to really think about where our water is coming from. However, this attitude of water being available to us at all times needs to change. We only need to look towards Australia and areas of USA to see what happens when you have minimal rain fall over months and years, and the devastation that wild fires can cause.
Education is key to teaching everyone the importance of saving water and keeping our waterways clean.
In New Zealand, approximately 50% of our drinking water comes from underground while the remainder comes from surface sources such as rivers and lakes. Rural New Zealand relies on the collection of rain water for water supply and septic tanks for sewerage disposal.
So, let’s look at some of the quick and easy things that we can do to help conserve the water that we use. This, by no means, is an exhaustive list of things to do. I’m sure that you have ideas too on what you can do to save more water also. The best way that we can make an impact is to start now and to be the best role model we can be.