Under Manav Rachna Life Skill program “Enhancing Skill through Photography Competition-” Click Blue” event was planned from 12.07.2021 to 23.07.2021 under which the following activities were planned:
Photography Competition on Water Resources
Water conservation is the practice of using water efficiently to reduce unnecessary water usage. According to Fresh Water Watch, water conservation is important because fresh clean water is a limited resource, as well as a costly one. The Photography Competition is planned to raise awareness and action for water conversation against various threats, including water pollution. In this direction, it was decided to present photos connected to water conservation to make people aware of the many techniques and means for preventing water pollution and most importantly, water conservation.
Tips on how to conserve water through simple yet effective moves were given out to the students, as follows:
- Put a brick in your toilet’s water tank. You flush an average of 20 gallons of water a day down the toilet. If you don’t have a high-efficiency toilet, try filling your tank with something that will displace some of that water, such as a brick.
- Use the right amount of water for each load of laundry. Typically 15-40 percent of indoor home water use comes from doing laundry. Save water by making sure to adjust the settings on your machine to the proper load size.
- Pick your washing machine wisely. When considering top-load vs. front-load washers, front-loading washing machines generally use less water.
- Water plants wisely. Water your lawn or garden early in the morning or late in the evening, so the water lasts and is not immediately evaporated by the hot sun.
- Install a low-flow shower head. With a low-flow shower head, you can save 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.
- Check for and repair leaks. An average of 10,000 gallons of water is wasted every year due to household leaks. One of the most effective ways to cut your water footprint is to repair leaky faucets and toilets.
- Use a dishwasher. Dish washing accounts for less than 2 percent of indoor water use, but using a machine is actually more water efficient than hand washing, especially if you run full loads. ENERGY STAR® dishwashers save about 1,600 gallons of water over its lifetime of use.
- Turn off the water. Teach your whole household to turn off the faucet while brushing teeth or shaving. Every little bit of water conservation helps!
- Defrost food in the fridge. Instead of running frozen foods under hot water from the faucet, build in time to let them defrost in the refrigerator.
- Manage outdoor water use. Don’t forget about water conservation outside as well. Equip all hoses with shut-off nozzles, which can prevent hose leaks.
- What else can you, as a student, do to save water?
- When running your dishwasher or washing machine, make sure you fully load each cycle. Running full cycles helps conserve water because these appliances will fill to a certain level and having more dishes or clothes reduces the amount of water needed for each cycle. This ensures that you get the most energy-saving and water-saving use from each run of your appliances. One of the best water conservation tips out there, with possibly the largest impact, is a simple one: Take showers instead of baths. Baths may be relaxing and enjoyable, but it takes more than 78 gallons of water to fill a tub. Showers are a more water efficient way to bathe.
- Water conservation includes all the policies, strategies and activities to sustainably manage the natural resource of fresh water, to protect the hydrosphere, and to meet the current and future human demand (thus avoiding water scarcity). Population, household size and growth and affluence all affect how much water is used. Factors such as climate change have increased pressures on natural water resources especially in manufacturing and agricultural irrigation. Many countries have already implemented policies aimed at water conservation, with much success. The key activities to conserve water are as follows: any beneficial reduction in water loss, use and waste of resources, avoiding any damage to water quality; and improving water management practices that reduce the use or enhance the beneficial use of water. Technology solutions exist for households, commercial and agricultural applications. Water conservation programs involved in social solutions are typically initiated at the local level, by either municipal water utilities or regional governments. Common strategies include public outreach campaigns,tiered water rates (charging progressively higher prices as water use increases), or restrictions on outdoor water use such as lawn watering and car washing.
- Various aims of Water Conservation was discussed with the students which they were informed to transcribe through their images and photos taken in and around campus grounds.
- The Aims of water conservation efforts include:
- Ensuring the availability of water for future generations where the withdrawal of freshwater from an ecosystem does not exceed its natural replacement rate.
- Energy conservation as water pumping, delivery, and wastewater treatment facilities consume a significant amount of energy. In some regions of the world, over 15% of the total electricity consumption is devoted to water management.
- Habitat conservation where minimizing human water usage helps to preserve freshwater habitats for local wildlife and migrating waterfowl, but also water quality.
Through the competition amongst the students. The Faculty members and Clan Heads have hoped that they understand the severity of water-saving and the conservation of it. We also hope that through the process of collecting the “right photo” for the competition, the students have been able to spread awareness on the same topics.
With the various submissions from the students and a discussion with the submitting groups about their experience and the knowledge they gained and spread, we come to a conclusion of this year’s Water Conservation Photography Competition.