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World Water Day: how much does a dripping tap consume, a shower per minute and each toilet flush


It is this Wednesday at the initiative of the UN. Seven million people do not have access to safe water in the country. What is done so that people waste less.

Some data on water scarcity are alarming.

Drinking water consumption

has tripled in the last 50 years

and global demand is expected to increase by

55 percent

by the year 2050. The problem is that easily accessible fresh water for purification represents

less than 1 percent

of the planet water.

The right to water is made of contrasts.

While many people lack it, others

squander it


Just keep in mind that a dripping faucet consumes

46 liters of water per day

, or that for every minute that a shower lasts, it consumes

10 liters

of water.

Or that each toilet flush consumes

16 liters

of water.

This Wednesday, March 22,

World Water Day

is celebrated , declared by the United Nations to raise awareness about this problem.

While in large cities access to drinking water seems guaranteed, one in four people in the world lacks it, according to data from the WHO/Unicef ​​Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene.

What is being done in Argentina to raise awareness about the problem and ensure that people waste less water?

What happens when people put water meters in their houses?

Aysa sources consulted by


revealed that this control generated greater water savings.

"A micro-metering plan achieved an

18 percent reduction in consumption

in each home that has a meter installed, unlike those that do not," they explained.

And they added that "measuring consumption and reducing waste is essential to allow its expansion to neighborhoods that still do not have it."

Every minute that a shower lasts consumes an average of 10 liters of water.

To raise awareness about the waste of water, they decided to set up an installation

6 meters wide and 4 meters high

in the Obelisk area that shows a globe and a giant drop that waters a growing plant.

The objective, they say, is to attract attention in a place with high traffic so that people reflect on the issue and change habits that harm the planet.

Another worrying fact at a global level, especially taking into account the recent Covid pandemic and the

potential for new pandemics

to hit the world again, is that one in three people lacks a facility to wash their hands with soap and water.

Aníbal Faccendini, PhD in Legal and Social Sciences and an expert in Environment and Sustainable Development, recalled that "access to water is an

essential human right

, based on articles 41 and 75, paragraph 22 of the National Constitution."

And he stated that "approximately

7 million people in Argentina

do not have full and safe access to water."

He confirmed that "the greatest poverty and indigence of water

has worsened with the Covid 19 pandemic


And he warned: “We need a global public pact so that there is water for all people, between the UN and the States of the Earth.

If not, the poor and destitute of water will continue to grow and it will be very difficult to solve or at least reduce the damage they suffer”.


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