World Water Day

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) took a collective stand in 2008 by clearly supporting the principle of water as a human right. In addition to promoting awareness on this subject, we are advocating for several actions to reduce the consumption of drinking water, preserve water quality and help people acquire the means to give them access to quality water.  

One example is the installation of wells in Lesotho, a small landlocked country in South Africa, where the drinking water problem is glaring. 

This World Water Day is a great opportunity to re-examine the ways we can reduce waste of water and manage this valuable resource more wisely and equitably.  

Did you know that 60% of the water consumed by a household is done from the bathroom? Among some of the simple measures to avoid waste, we would like the highlight the following: 

  • To change our traditional flush toilets to another model with a minimum flow rate of 6 or 4.8 liters instead of 13 liters
  • To reduce shower time (one minute of a regular shower consumes 15 to 20 liters of water)
  • To use a reduced flow shower head, which saves 42,000 liters of water per year
  • To quickly repair of a leaky faucet. One drop per second equals 10,000 liters of water wasted per year.