Water is a basic necessity, yet so many people in the world don’t have clean access to it. We must all do our part to change this. But how? What new routines would substantially save water and help our planet?
Over 70% of the Earth’s surface is water: That means, of our planet’s approximately 500 million km2, nearly 350 million are covered by water. Most water is in oceans and seas, followed by glaciers and the polar ice caps; the subsurface; lakes; and rivers.
Even though water may seem to be an abundant natural resource, only 0.025% of it is safe to drink. Therefore, clean water is actually quite rare, and some 2.2 billion people have no access to it whatsoever.
It’s in our hands to change this. In fact, we can start making small changes to our routines at home, like these tips we recommend below.
Tips to save water every day
A responsible drainage and water supply system that mitigates the effects of climate change starts with individual accountability. Some everyday measures that are simple and sustainable can provide some relief to one of the world’s biggest problems: the climate emergency. For example:
The importance of water: Sustainable Development Goal 6
Water, a resource so basic to life, is one of the world’s biggest problems. Thoughtless use and poor management make it one of the world's primary sources of pollution: 80% of wastewater from human use goes back into nature, untreated. This leads to extreme weather that has caused more than 90% of the major catastrophes in the past ten years.
That’s why water is fundamental to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on “clean water and sanitation”. According to the UN, if we limit global warming to 1.5º C above pre-industrial levels, drought rates would fall 50%.
Santander wants to help achieve these fundamental goals and move society forward. At the United Nations General Assembly on 22 September 2019, we and 125 other banks became signatories to the Principles for Responsible Banking.