The need to save water in New Zealand becomes more urgent to avoid being the next country to have a limited supply of potable water.
By 2030, the UN-backed forecast shows that freshwater demand will outpace the available supply by 40 percent. Welldrillers can help in finding new sources, although water conservation remains necessary especially for many global cities.
Climate change and population growth are some of the factors that will contribute to a scarce supply of water worldwide. For instance, São Paulo in Brazil is one of the 10 global cities with the highest population, and lower supply from its main reservoirs as of January 2017 would only exacerbate the problem.
Water scarcity may also happen in Bangalore, India, where pollution reduces the chances of boosting supply from potential sources such as lakes. The same situation takes place in Beijing. Each person in the Chinese city only receives less than 1,000 cubic meters of fresh water. One cubic meter is equal to 1,000 liters.
If you think that is enough, some countries such as Niger only consume less than 10 liters of water per person per day.
New Zealand’s Consumption
Per-capita water consumption in New Zealand reaches around 277 liters on average each day. The bathroom accounts for the biggest share of water consumption with 154 liters of water used for bathing, hygiene and toilet purposes.
Those who want to reduce their consumption and lower their water bill in the process can do the simple estimation. When doing laundry, for instance, a full load requires around 100 liters of water so try to wash as many clothes as possible. This will also help in reducing your electric consumption.
It is only a matter of time until a lack of drinking water supply hits New Zealand, so it is best to conserve water and find new sources as early as now.