Water makes up 71% of our planet. From the widest ocean to the smallest pond, it is the life-force behind all the natural beauty in the world. This includes us humans. But even with a seeming abundance of water, drought-ridden areas and unclean drinking water threaten global communities.
As a traveler who cares about the world, you know that visiting new countries is a privilege. And while we associate vacations with some measure of extravagance and luxury, we should also associate them with responsibility. As citizens of the world, we have a responsibility to protect the places we visit, whether that means practicing eco-tourism, buying zero-waste accessories, or just taking a five minute shower when we really want an hour long one. As tourists, our water consumption patterns can significantly impact the destinations we visit. Let’s explore why water conservation is an important issue for travelers and sensible ways we can reduce our water usage in the countries and cultures we are privileged to visit.
Recent Statistics on Water Conservation
According to the California State Water Resources Control Board’s Conservation Reporting, as of July 2023, there’s a noticeable shift in urban water supplier reports on potable water production and conservation activities. The data underscores the importance of considering various factors that affect per capita water use, emphasizing that comparisons across water suppliers should account for all relevant factors.
Tourists and Water Wastage
Tourists often unknowingly contribute to water wastage. Luxurious hotel stays, leisure activities like golf courses and swimming pools, and even the simple act of daily laundry can lead to excessive water use. In many tourist hotspots, the demand for water can outstrip the local supply, especially in regions already facing water scarcity.
Hardest Hit Areas
Regions with limited water resources, such as small islands, arid areas, and places with high tourist influxes, are the hardest hit. For instance, popular destinations like Bali and Cape Town have faced severe water crises, exacerbated by the high water demands of the tourism industry.
What Travelers Can Do to Conserve Water
Stay Informed: Before traveling, research the water situation of your destination. Awareness is the first step towards responsible water usage.
Choose Eco-Friendly Accommodations: Opt for hotels and resorts that implement water conservation measures.
Conserve in Daily Activities: Be mindful of your water usage. Simple actions like taking shorter showers, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, and reusing towels can make a significant difference.
Support Local Water Conservation Efforts: Engage in activities that support local water conservation initiatives. This could include participating in beach clean-ups or supporting local businesses that prioritize sustainability.
Spread Awareness: Share your knowledge and practices with fellow travelers. Collective action can lead to significant change.
If we all work together, we can help conserve water while traveling and protect the planet for future generations of travelers.