Water Conservation

Jun 13, 2024

Be the change you wish to see in the world”- Mahatma Gandhi

As educators, it's our responsibility to secure a brighter future for our future generation and teach students to explore ways in which they can conserve water and contribute to a sustainable future. Of all the water present on Earth, only a fraction, less than 1%, is suitable for drinking. The United Nations reports that approximately 1.2 billion individuals worldwide currently experience water scarcity, with another 500 million edging towards this predicament. These statistics underscore the critical issue of water scarcity. Thus, it's important for students and their parents to make every effort to conserve water.

Bengaluru is facing an unprecedented water crisis, leaving its residents struggling to get water for essential requirements. This drought-like scenario has impacted various sectors including industries, schools, fire departments, apartments, and hotels. Amidst one of its most severe water crisis in decades, Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) issued an order saying that drinking water should not be used for non-potable purposes. BWSSB embarked on a strategy to conserve water by implementing supply cuts to big customers, targeting a saving of 60 million litres per day (MLD). Marathahalli is one of the areas which is affected by the shortage of water. So, schools in Marathahalli, schools in Kodigehalli and schools in other affected areas are teaching students how to conserve water in school and at home.

How to save water in schools

Water conservation is a critical practice that should be embraced by everyone, including schools. By adopting water-saving measures, schools can contribute to preserving this precious resource while also setting an example for students.

  • Educate Students

Education revolves around learning, hence sharing your discoveries on water conservation at school is an excellent approach to engage both staff and students, raise awareness, and encourage the adoption of water-saving practices. Every effort, regardless of size, contributes to making the school more water-efficient. All the schools near Marathahalli Bangalore are making sure to raise awareness among students about the water crisis and its conservation

  • Conduct Regular Inspections

Assign a team to regularly inspect school premises for leaks, drips, and other plumbing issues. Check toilets, faucets, showers, and irrigation systems for any signs of leaks or inefficiencies.

  • Fix Leaks Promptly

Promptly repair any leaks or drips to prevent water wastage. Train maintenance staff or volunteers to identify and address leaks as soon as they are detected.

  • Install Water-Efficient Fixtures

Replace old toilets, faucets, and showerheads with water-efficient models that use less water without compromising performance.

  • Implement Water-Saving Practices

Encourage students and staff to turn off taps tightly after use and report any leaks they notice. Ensure that irrigation systems are properly calibrated to avoid overwatering and water runoff

  • Promote Water Awareness Campaigns

Organise water awareness campaigns and competitions to engage students in water-saving initiatives. Recognize and reward individuals or classes that contribute the most to water conservation efforts. At NCFE Indiranagar Bangalore, we have a school initiative called “Green Generation” which involves students in activities that foster eco-friendly practices and teach conservation awareness.

At NCFE Bangalore, we teach students that by implementing these strategies, we can significantly reduce water wastage. Saving water not only benefits the school community but also contributes to a more sustainable future for generations to come.

How to Save Water at Home

As parents, we must ensure a better future for our children. It is our responsibility to talk to children about an imminent water shortage or to involve them in conserving water for the future.

  • Involve kids in the decision-making

When we anticipate an impending water crisis, it's wise to prepare ahead to avoid encountering severe shortages at home. Encourage children to propose methods for reducing water usage within the household. Often, children can offer remarkable ideas. Act upon their suggestions—this will motivate them to actively participate in water-saving endeavours.

  • Make kids aware of water supply

When the water bill arrives, take the opportunity to educate children about the household's water consumption and encourage them to establish goals for reducing monthly usage. Show appreciation to children for their efforts in conserving water and contributing to lower family consumption. By doing so, the entire family will be better prepared with strategies to mitigate water usage during times of shortage.

  • Teach children not to waste water

Amidst the ongoing Bangalore water crisis, tell children about the scarcity of water and the importance of using it wisely. Encourage them to take brief showers, avoid leaving taps running while brushing their teeth, ensure all taps are tightly closed, and use a low-flow setting when washing hands or faces. Teach children to pour only half a glass of drinking water when thirsty, taking more only if necessary. Additionally, collect water used for cleaning vegetables and encourage children to use it for watering plants.

  • Saving Rainwater

Implementing a rainwater collection system in home or apartment complexes is a significant move in water preservation, especially during water scarcity. To instil the importance of rainwater in children, encourage them to place a bucket outside during rainfall and utilise the collected water for cleaning and washing tasks. NCFE CV Raman Nagar Campus has an Environment Club, where students get engaged in sustainability projects and green practices.

Conclusion

In conclusion, water conservation is a crucial endeavour that must be pursued both at school and at home. By incorporating water-saving practices into our daily routines, such as fixing leaks, utilising efficient appliances, and adopting rainwater harvesting systems, we can collectively make a significant impact on preserving this precious resource for future generations. Educating ourselves and our children about the importance of water conservation ensures that this essential message resonates throughout our communities. Together, through our combined efforts in schools and households, we can strive towards a sustainable future where access to clean water remains a fundamental right for all. Let us pledge to continue our commitment to water conservation, not only for the well-being of our planet but also for the prosperity of generations to come.