March 22nd was world water day, and while we’re few weeks late in celebrating it, water conservation is something to always consider. International World Water Day was first recommended in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and development as a way of “focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.” The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd as World Water Day, and this is a tradition that has occurred annually ever since.
As the webpage for World Water Days points out, each year WWD highlights a specific aspect of freshwater conservation. It is perhaps especially appropriate for those of us dwelling in urban areas to (re)consider water conservation in 2011, since this year’s theme was “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.”
But what urban challenge? Well – this is the first time in human history that more people are living in urban areas than in rural ones, and this trend is expected to continue for some time. Because urban water consumption is then set to increase, strain will be added to the area watersheds that provide potable water to city populations. Given that climate change will change some aspects of the water cycle, this strain could increase in some urban areas.
Another major water challenge for the coming decades is that the rapid pace of urbanization has given rise to vast informal settlements – or slums – for which there is often no piped, safe drinking water. 93% of all urbanization is occurring in the developing world, and 40% of that growth is the growth of informal settlements. Infrastructure has not kept pace with this growth, meaning that conservation is especially important in these areas.
GREEN DEPOT SOLUTIONS
In an urban, suburban, or rural home, water consumption is most likely to occur in the kitchen and bathroom, where in many places our flushable water is the same as our drinking water. To address issues of water conservation, Green Depot is focusing on green products that reduce water consumption in the bathroom.
Green Depot is currently offering 50% off Caroma Dual-flush toilets and sinks, which gives one the ability to choose whether less or more water is needed to flush. With a two-button system, the user can select a small flush (0.8 gallons) or a larger flush (1.6 gallons in some models, and 1.2 gallons in the High Efficiency models). A 4″ trap throughway assures the user of maximum flushing efficiency. A Caroma dual-flush toilet will help conserve water in any commercial or residential project, and are certified by EPA-Watersense as a water-saving device.
All models of toilets have complementary sinks–call Green Depot to inquire.