Conscious choices help conserve water and create a clean environment

14.06.2021 | 19:29

Today, on 22 March, we celebrate the international day of water. Clean water has a value that is essential for us all. Often, we only understand the value of water when it is scarce or polluted.
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Today, on 22 March, we celebrate the international day of water. Clean water has a value that is essential for us all. Often, we only understand the value of water when it is scarce or polluted.

We are lucky to have plenty of water resources in Estonia. Despite our abundance, it is important for everyone to make smart choices and conserve water where possible, to keep our wells, rivers, lakes and sea clean.

The fate of our water is ours to decide. You can contribute towards keeping our water and our environment clean by making conscious choices every day.

  • Use water sparingly, close the faucet when not using it.
  • Prefer tap water to bottled water.
  • Don’t pour chemicals, medicine or other dangerous waste down the toilet or sink — otherwise they will end up in bodies of water.
  • When buying cleaning products choose environmentally friendly and phosphate-free products. Nature will thank You.
  • Avoid leaving plastic in nature. Plastic decomposes into very small pieces that end up in the soil, water and living organisms can think the pieces are food. Microplastics that are released from clothing during washing cycles and found inside some body washes are an invisible danger to our waters.
  • Make smart choices as a consumer: buy products that are long-lasting and necessary. Many products require a lot of water to make — something we don’t often think about.
  • Plan your meals ahead of time to avoid wasting food and support local productions. Food production uses up a lot of water.
  • Don’t use chemical pesticides in your garden, nor should you overdo it with fertiliser — these can also make it into your drinking water. Try your hand at organic gardening.
  • Sort your waste. Recycling helps save water and other natural resources.
  • Don’t wash your car, motorbike or other vehicles near a well or any other body of water. This prevents dangerous chemicals from making it into the water.
  • Water used in housecleaning should be disposed of into public sewage, or when lacking one, into a tank or your individual wastewater treatment system. It’s important to keep wastewater separate from nature.

 

Andri Küüts

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