Tuesday January 23, 2018
Water is one of nature’s most precious resource. Without it, nothing could survive. Many individuals don’t know much about water except it comes out of the kitchen sink or garden hose at home. We at Hawaiian Organic Noni would like to take the lead spreading the word regarding water conservation. Enjoy reading what we’ve learned about this amazing resource we can’t live without!
Fun Water Facts:
- Without water, the earth would look like the moon.
- All living things need water to live. People can survive up to a month without food, but only a few days (week at most) without water. An individual is recommended to drink six to eight glasses of water each day!
- Our bodies are 70% water (of that percentage, 90% is the composition of our lungs)
- Some of our favorite foods are up to 80% water (Ex. Apples, Pineapples, Corn)
- Less than 2% of the global water supply is freshwater. Only 1% is drinkable.
- On average, a person needs 5-13 gallons of water per day for basic needs.
- Agriculture is responsible for almost 70% of global water usage.
- Of that 70%, approximately 60% of that water is wasted.
- Leaks in the home can waste up to 1 trillion gallons in the USA annually.
- That’s the equivalent of 11 million homes annual normal water usage.
- According to the U.N., approximately two-thirds of the world’s population is projected to face water scarcity by 2025.
- That’s only 7 years from now!
9 Things You Can Do at Home:
- Meatless Mondays and Sugar-Free Saturdays: A pound of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water and a small bag of peanut M&M’s requires 300 gallons of water to produce. Compare these statistics to 1 pound of wheat which requires 132 gallons of water and 1 pound of potatoes requiring 119 gallons of water. Going meatless and processed sugar-free one day a week could potentially save 110,000+ gallons of water per family per year!
- Check leaky faucets: A leaky faucet can waste up to 800 gallons of water per year! The environment and your wallet is going down the drain! Literally!
- Washing the car: Only use the hose when necessary and turn off when not in use. An average car wash uses approximately 150 gallons.
- Doing the Dishes: Approximately 20 gallons of water is used to wash the dishes in the sink. An energy efficient dishwasher uses between 4-6 gallons. (You can use this blog to tell your significant other why you need an automatic dishwasher. We don’t mind!)
- Lawn Maintenance: Almost 60% of your household's water supply is used for garden and lawn maintenance. Your lawn doesn’t necessarily need to be watered daily. Step on your lawn (go ahead we’ll wait). If your lawn springs back upon lifting your foot, it doesn’t need to be watered. If your lawn stays flat, your lawn needs to be watered. Side tip: Watering in the early morning or late evening at cooler temperatures reduces evaporation thus requiring less water being used.
- Doing the Laundry: Approximately 22% of indoor home water use stems from the doing the laundry. Top load washing machines uses about 40 gallons of water compared to front loading machines at 20 gallons. Side Tip: Save even more water by always selecting the accurate load size for the machine. A small load of laundry doesn’t require 20 gallons to be clean.
- Money and Water Going Down the Toilet: On average, a family of four uses almost 900 gallons of water per week flushing the toilet. Switching to a water efficient toilet can save between 14,000 and 25,000 gallons per year.
- Driving Responsibly: It takes approximately 13 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of gasoline. Carpooling, public transportation, walking, even combining errands can reduce your water footprint.
- Shop Sustainably: Knowing where you food and products come from has a big impact on the environment. Shop used or borrow/rent what you need. Everything, even tools and clothing requires water to be produced. Choosing local farmers to purchase food from gives you an excellent opportunity to get to know your farmer and ask questions regarding their farming practices.
The Noni Farm Difference:
At Hawaiian Organic Noni, there are several things we to do conserve water. We use solar voltaic pumps to pull water from drilled wells on our farmland. The solar panels absorb and convert sunlight into energy, which powers the water pumps.
Next, 7000 gallons of water is pulled out of the ground and distributed among our Noni trees. We water Noni trees directly and not the farmland as a whole. This allows the Noni trees the opportunity to use the water they need while the remaining water seeps back into the water table below. This allows us to reuse the water runoff over and over again maintaining our natural water table here on the farm. We also drip irrigate and mulch between 10” to 12” thick around each noni tree which also conserves water and keeps the soil moist.
Did you know? It can take 100’s sometimes 1,000’s of years to restore a naturally occurring water table.
We like to think of ourselves as stewards of our land, which means that we have a responsibility to protect, nourish, and preserve the resources of our farmland. At Hawaiian Organic Noni, we strive to conserve water, energy, and wildlife preserving the earth responsibly for others to enjoy for generations to come.