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Natural resources: 5 interesting facts about water conservation

Water appears to be the most renewable of our natural resources as it falls from the sky as rain, surrounds us in our oceans, and occurs in polar ice caps and glaciers. However, because water is essential to most of our daily activities and to maintaining healthy bodies of water, we need to be especially clear about how to maintain it.

We use water for drinking, washing, growing plants, and building and manufacturing. With 7.5 billion people on our planet and a population expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, preserving natural resources is becoming increasingly important.

How can you help conserve our natural water resources? Learn about measures, strategies and activities and take measures to manage our aquatic resources sustainably.

Here are five things you should know about natural water resources and related environmental protection efforts:

These five key points can make a huge difference in protecting our natural resources and protecting water. Join in, practice water conservation at home, and spread the word.

  1. Take into account the availability of water if the withdrawal of the resource does not exceed the natural replacement rate. In other words, can you prepare a presentation for a local civic organization to help your community understand certain steps it can take to conserve natural resources? For example, fix leaky toilets and faucets, lawns in the evening or early morning, and ask your local car wash if they recycle water instead of draining it.
  2. Remember it Many fertilizers and pesticides used outdoors can contain dangerous chemicals. These chemicals can migrate through the soil, contaminate groundwater, and enter our aquatic ecosystems. Research and use safe alternatives whenever possible. If you must use these chemicals, use them in moderation.
  3. Get involved in efforts to protect fish and wildlife This helps educate the community about the conservation and protection of freshwater habitats for local wildlife and improves overall water quality. For example, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Aquatic Habitat Conservation and Restoration Department is working on restoring Florida’s freshwater, marine, and estuarine habitats and welcomes volunteer participation.
  4. Practice habits that reduce energy consumption. Carbon dioxide from fossil fuel use can make our oceans more acidic. In the long term this can contribute to the loss of coral reefs (coral calcium skeletons can be weakened by increasing the acidity). Make an effort to reduce your carbon footprint by cycling, using public transit, and turning off devices in your home when you are not using them.
  5. Find out about water protection issues and exercise your right to vote. Choosing the right officials is essential to good water conservation policy. Do your research so you can make an informed decision. If you have any concerns or questions about these guidelines, contact your country representative.

These five key points can make a huge difference in protecting our natural resources and protecting water. Join in, practice water conservation at home, and spread the word.

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