Water does not flow quietly and freely anymore. It has become a scarce commodity everywhere at this rate of global warming, and a cause of dispute between neighbors, districts, states, and nations. A severe water crisis is imminent, if people fail to make water conservation a habit, a part of their daily life. In all the major cities of India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai, there is a severe water crisis. This shortage of water is especially acute during the summer months of the year.
People living in a gated community are at an advantageous position to adopt an environment friendly lifestyle, which incorporates water conservation measures. The managing committee can play an important role in initiating collective measures of water conservation. This can impact not just the apartment complex, but the society in general.
There are lots of innovative methods of water conservation that apartment complexes can adopt. Here are some of them:
Taking water conservation on the agenda as priority – Residents can keep water conservation as a main agenda on the monthly meetings, and set aside some time to discuss lifestyle changes that can save water. The group emails, notice boards, and club house bulletin board can be used to share information about water conservation or some nice innovative art work that portrays the same. Encourage neighbors and residents to become environment friendly, and go green.
Rainwater harvesting is a must – Rainwater harvesting is a system of directly collecting rainwater on a surface on which it falls, such as rooftops, and saving it for later use. This water collected is clean and need not be treated before using for non-drinking purposes. When stored in tanks, rainwater can be a safe water source for periods of water scarcity.
Grey-water usage – Grey-water refers to water from the non-toilet plumbing systems, such as wash basins, washing machines, showers etc. One of the popular water recycling method is creating a plumbing system to collect the grey-water from all the apartments, and using it for non-potable water requirements, such as washing cars, watering plants, and toilet flushing.
So get responsible, make every drop count and save water not just for you but for our future generations as well.