WORLD WATER DAY
World Water Day, held on March 22nd, focuses on the importance of freshwater. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.
Water has influenced design through its dynamic and fluid nature. Water is consistently acknowledged as an unsolidified energetic component, while the design is professed as a firm and stationary aspect of our domain. The very roots are prevalent in ancient water civilizations. Urban designs now reflect the need to ensure our waterfronts and harmony with nature.
We are able to use Architectural and Engineering Strategies in order to improve systems and conserve water.
The first strategy consists in Rainwater Harvesting
Rainwater Harvesting and collection is a great practice for areas that have heavier amounts of rainfall. The collected rainwater has numerous uses in both commercial and residential buildings. It can be used for watering lawns and plants, flushing toilets, and even in washing machines.
The second strategy is Grey-water Recycling
Grey water is wastewater from showers, basins, etc. that hasn’t meet sewage. A grey water recycling system reclaims this water and uses it. Grey water can be used for flushing toilets, land irrigation, and other external usage. This system of recycling ensures optimum utilisation of our limited water supply.
Third strategy consists on Valves for low pressure plumbing
High water pressure causes a lot of water waste. Installing water pressure and reducing valves in all the plumbing systems regulates the water flow to a predetermined level.
Water Conserving Irrigation and Landscaping
The landscape surrounding a building is equally important from a water conservation point of view.
It is best to use native grasses and plants that need less water and enrich the local ecosystem. There are various outdoor systems like smart irrigation technology that help conserve water.
However, only our actions and responsibility can ensure the abundant supply of freshwater for future generations. While building design plays an important role in water conservation, it is equally important to educate the users.