Water and Sanitation

Sensitizing people for water use.

Kartik Zaveri
Started by Kartik Zaveri on
19 Feb 2015 at 03:15
Vitrag Shasan, Chairman and CEO
Know-how: Other, Engineer, Water Supply, Environmental Conservator, Environment

People wasting the water nonstop. Is there any idea/way to get in mind of people in such away that people really start getting conscious & serious to prevent the wastage. Although we know that the source of drinking water will not be adequate after 15 years. 

Industry Tags: 
  • WaterWater Supply


Karina Vink
A recent study on teh cumulative effect of overuse of the planet's resources by individuals, including water, can be found here: http://personal.lse.ac.uk/spiekerk/papers/Spiekermann-Small-Impacts-Impe... (Small Impacts and Imperceptible Effects Causing Harm With Others). The conclusion is that individuals should consider how their own actions might cause future harm when seen cumulatively, instead of individually. The old adage 'what if everyone behaves like you do' can lead the way to setting good examples of water use. So the question is how can we let people visualize what their own water use causes on a planetary scale if everyone uses the amount of water that they do themselves. One such initiative focusing on more resources is the ecological footprint calculator: http://footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/ If we want to focus on showing the consequences of water use, we could use this as a model.

Here is the first paragraph of the paper: "In an increasingly crowded and interactive world, there are more and more ways to
harm people in an indirect way. These “new harms” (Lichtenberg, 2010, 558) are
typically caused by many hands (Thompson, 1980). Many people use too many
plastic bags, drive their cars too much, eat too much meat or bluefin tuna, drink
bottled water, et cetera. Each individual act has a negligible effect, and may, as a
singular act, not be harmful—but the same act performed by millions is. This gap
between the (almost or perhaps entirely) harmless singular act and the harmful
performance of the same act by many spells trouble for the moral evaluation of these
acts and for assigning responsibility. "
Iouri Vaisman
I agree with Jean Marius that unless people will get a sense of ownership of their water - there is very little chance that we will improve our attitude towards water. It is a philosophical issue. Even if a family installed a simple rain water tank - it does generate their interest and they start thinking about water as "my water" rather than "their water". It is especially important for families with children - as children of today will become citizens of the future. Water recycling at the household level is even better - as it increases awareness of water quantity and quality and the water cycle from water to waste to water again. It is unfortunately difficult to implement immediately for a few reasons, mainly the maintenance, risks mitigation (what happens if the treatment system fails?) and the (rightly or wrongly) need for a centralized control of the water quality. We did talk about the sense of water ownership here in Australia (I came up with the term - Community Water) in the midst of the drought. In conclusion - the philosophy is right - and it means that the execution will follow if not today - then tomorrow for sure.
lyseconcept jean Marius

Any use of drinking water generates waste waters systematically. Completely irresponsible of becoming their waste waters, people consume it with profusion but in more pollutes it without any regret.
The Biological Cleansing has a teaching action on this level.
People become - owner of their system of cleansing. they have the load and maintenance of it. They know that with the concept of the Biological Cleansing, the water remainder at exit of the process of treatment sprinkles their vegetable garden. As they do not want to eat chemical pollution, they pay great attention in their practice of the use of water for their daily need. That allows besides immediately recycling waste waters by rejecting them more into the environment and besides preserving this rare resource by decreasing the taking away on the water tables.
jean Marius
Please feel free to submit your feedback below

Enter the characters shown in the image.