5 Ways to Start Saving Water on #WorldWaterDay

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
By: Cory Wightman, Crop Science, a Division of Bayer, External Communications
World Water Day March 22, 2016

Today is #WorldWaterDay!


As #AgVocates of the farming industry, water tops our list as the world’s most precious commodity. Without water, there is no agriculture. Without water, there are no animals. Most importantly, without water, there is no “us”.


With about 80% of the world’s extracted fresh water being used for agriculture, it’s important for all of us to be aware of how we can conserve more water. The list below offers tips on how farmers can save water while working on the farm, and on how other #AgVocates can support agriculture by conserving water in every-day life. 


A few ways farmers save water:


1. Recycle Water


It’s no secret that today’s culture is on a recycling kick. Everywhere you go you’re bound to run into a green bin labeled “cans and bottles only”. While the ability to recycle water is not as obvious as sorting your paper from your plastics, there are efficient ways farmers can reuse and sustain water. Rainwater Harvesting is one way farmers can contribute to the cause of water conservation. Rainwater Harvesting systems can be installed as a permanent structure to the farm. If installed correctly, systems can save farmers up to 80% of their water usage. As farmers all across the world are picking up on this trend, more resources that support farmers who are looking to recycle water are becoming available.


2. Irrigation Scheduling


While intense irrigation scheduling can become very complex, there are simple steps farmers can take to save more water. First, farmers should know how the seasons and temperatures affect their land. Depending on which region farms are in, certain months out of the year require less water than others. Second, farmers should know the water needs of their crops. Tracking and monitoring the water needs of crops is a vital step in conserving water on farms. Finally, farmers should assess exactly how much water each area of the farm uses, and farmers should be conscious not to go over those limits.


3. Educate Yourself


As a farmer and a leader in the AgVocate community, it is important that you are educated in all the ways you can conserve water. As new technologies and tools become available, it is important to stay up-to-date on all of the ways water can be conserved. The farming industry is affected by technology just as much as other high valued industries. With water being a crucial element to the success of modern agriculture, it’s necessary that farmers and scientists work together to develop more efficient ways to conserve water.


For the #AgVocate seeking to make an impact on water conservation:


1. Change Your Everyday Habits


We’ve all been told time and time again to turn off the water while brushing our teeth. We’ve all been reminded that by changing our water-saving habits, the world will be a better place. Because our world is so reliant on water, and because we live in a country where clean water is mostly accessible, we can sometimes forget the importance of conserving water. As AgVocates, one of our largest responsibilities is advocating for water conservation. Without water, the agriculture industry wouldn’t exist. Changing the small things in our daily routine will have a huge impact on the agriculture industry, and it’s up to us to lead by example.


2. Support Nature


One of the easiest and most efficient ways to preserve water in everyday life is to be mindful of when we use and need water. It is projected that by 2030, there will be a 40% gap between how much water the world needs and how much water the world actually has. By taking care of our rivers, and streams and freshwater habitats, we can have a positive impact on water conservation. Utilizing modern resources such as social media, is one easy and effective way to spread the importance of saving water. Educating ourselves and our peers on how we can conserve water, and what might happen if we don’t, will benefit us all in the long run.


Join us in celebrating #WorldWaterDay by following the conversation on our #AgVocate Facebook Group! Also, don’t forget to tag pictures of how you’re sustainable with your water by tagging @Bayer4CropsUS with the hashtags #WorldWaterDay and #AgVocate!


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