Saving water, one drop at a time
Decrease the use of water and help the planet
Leonardo Da Vinci was right when he said, “Water is the driving force of all nature”. For humans, water is an indispensable resource that keeps us always hydrated and eliminates useless waste from our body.
In addition, it is of the utmost importance for flora and fauna, more specifically, within the life cycles of every specie. However, we must be aware that this natural resource is prone to run out. For this reason, it is always good to have some water conservation tips.
Important facts about water
- We celebrate World Water Day on March 22nd since 1993, a celebration promoted by the United Nations to focus on the importance of freshwater.
- Currently, 97.5% equivalent to 1.386 trillion cubic hectometers of water in the world is salty, while 2.5% equal to 35 trillion cubic hectometers of water is fresh. However, 70% of that quantity is not available for consumption since it’s being held by glaciers, snow, and ice formations.
- The water found for human consumption is located in lakes, rivers, soil moisture, and shallow underground deposits, which renewal is the result of infiltration.
- 1 in 3 people lives without access to potable water.
- By 2050, half the population is expected to suffer from water shortage.
- A sanitation system and water supply adapted to climate change could save the lives of more than 360,000 babies each year.
- In 2040, global energy demand is projected to increase by more than 25%, and water demand to increase by more than 50%.
- By 2050, up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month per year.
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That’s why we share with you 10 easy water conservation tips for your daily life:
1.- Place a bucket in the shower and collect the falling water while you wait for it to heat up; This works by reusing it to water the plants or flush the toilet.
2.- Close the bathroom faucet while you brush your teeth or fill a glass with the exact amount you need to rinse your mouth.
3.- Check the faucets and pipes to see if they have any leaks and thus repair them to avoid unnecessary dripping and water waste.
4.- Reuse the water with which you rinse fruits and vegetables to water the plants you have inside your house. We also recommend using lesser water to cook your food. This way, you prevent them from losing their nutritional value.
5.- If you have a car, wash it with a bucket and sponge instead of a hose.
6.- In the rainy season, implement water collection. The obtained water can be used for the garden or to clean the patio.
7.- Adjust the water level in the washing machine to take advantage of it and avoid using too much for the number of clothes you’ll wash.
8.- If you like plants, opt for native plants. These consume less water than other plants and, some of them don’t need chemical products for their care.
9.- When you wash the dishes, be sure to soak and rinse everything at the same time. This will avoid having the key open during the demolition process of food stocked to the plates.
10.- Please don’t waste water playing with it.
Grupo Xcaret’s actions to save water
One of the main actions carried out by Grupo Xcaret is the reduction of the environmental impact. For this reason, it installs drinking fountains at different points in the parks, minimizing the need to use plastic bottles. Besides, it has stopped offering single-use plastics within its stores.
The care of this vital liquid is essential since it is an indispensable resource for every living being. Also, small actions make a significant change, thus helping out in every little way we can.
Do you know why the park is called Xel-Ha? It is the Mayan meaning for “the place where the waters are born“.
The underground freshwater rivers, besides being Natural Wonders, are the main hydrological supply in the Yucatan Peninsula. Four of the largest underground rivers in the world flow into the state of Quintana Roo and in Xel-Ha, there are five underground rivers that flow into the inlet mixing with the saltwater of the Caribbean Sea.