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Reduce Waste on Holi
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Chrm Message From: sanjaykush Total Posts: 2 Join Date: 11/02/2009
Rank: Beginner Post Date: 27/02/2010 05:58:25 Points: 10 Location: India

Save water this Holi

Everyday we use water without a thought. World Water Day falling on Holi is a good reminder to curb water wastage during the festival of colours.

Going without water for even a day can be an ordeal for us. This Holi add color not only to your celebration but to the world around you by saving water. So, while we prepare for the fun festival here are a few ways to save the precious life giving wonder - water!

Tips on how to save water on Holi

Measure the quantity of water you want to use to play with and store it. Stick to that limit. Resist the temptation of going overboard.
Play with dry colors
Use Natural color They wash off easily.
Avoid playing with balloons.
Go for a bath only when you are done. Bathing again and again is sure water wastage.

Save water while playing Holi

Play in a separate area or the garden. Getting the whole house dirty will simply lead to more water usage.
Wear old dark colored clothes, so cleaning them does not need too much water and effort.
Apply oil on your hair before stepping out to play. This will provide a protective coating over your hair. Even if you do end up getting color in your tresses, a single wash can be enough to make your hair color-free.
Shield yourself with some moisturizing lotion to prevent your skin from staining. It will keep your skin hydrated and prevent it from harmful effects of color.
Coat your nails with nail paint. It is the most basic form of nail care and can go a long away in keeping your nails from soiling with colors. Your nails will stay clean just like before playing Holi.
In case you forget to apply a body lotion and you have color all over you then do not step under the shower immediately. Rub some coconut oil or cream and let the color start fading. Now a quick wash will make you clean without much scrubbing. You will save water too.
If you are playing indoors or on the terrace, spread a tarpaulin on the floor. Once you have finished playing, you can simply wash away the colours on the tarpaulin and save using detergents on the floor.

Steps to clean the house using minimum water

After an exhausting day of celebrating Holi, cleaning is the last thing you want to do. But there is a way to do it in an efficient, effective and non-time consuming way.

Fill up two buckets. One with soapy water that has stain free in it and one with plain water.
Get two sponges.
Wipe the colored areas with the stain free liquid, with the help of a sponge.
Now simply wipe away with plain Water.
Finish it with a dry wipe.

You will save a lot of water and the colored area will be clean without much effort. Use some washing soda for cleaning stubborn stains, it works wonders! Use it sparingly though or you may end up using water unnecessarily to do away with the soapiness.

Do not forget to wear hand gloves, since stain free liquids can be harsh.

Help the environment

Is it a mere co-incidence that this year World Water Day and Holi are falling on the same day? Even if it is a co-incidence, it is time to remember that we as a planet are facing a global water shortage. Out of approximately 6.1 billion people more than 1 billion do not have access to potable water.

While so many humans combat Water shortage on a daily basis, we can try to ensure that our celebrations are not insensitive. Make this Holi even more special by saving every drop you can, for whom water is a luxury. Here's wishing you a Super Happy Holi!

Celebrate Tilak Holi, Save Water
People are busy fighting over petty issues like jeans, pub culture, land or number of seats in Parliament. They tend to neglect the bigger issues endangering the very existence of human race on Earth. There is a global water crisis going on. Here are some facts about holi.

Water covers 75 per cent of the Earth’s surface — 97.5 per cent of that is salt water, only 2.5 per cent is fresh water. Icecaps and glaciers hold 74 per cent of the world’s freshwater. Almost all the rest is deep underground, or locked in soils as moisture or permafrost. Only 0.3 per cent of the world’s freshwater is found in rivers or lakes.
Within 25 years, half the world’s population could have trouble finding enough freshwater for drinking and irrigation.
Currently, over 80 countries, representing 40 per cent of the world’s people, are subject to serious water shortages. Conditions may get worse in the next 50 years as populations grow and as global warming disrupts rainfall patterns.
A third of the world lives in water stressed areas where consumption outstrips supply. West Asia faces the greatest threat. Over 90 per cent of the region’s population is experiencing severe water stress, with water consumption exceeding 10 per cent of renewable freshwater resources.
One in six people still have no regular access to safe drinking water.
More than twice that number (2.4 billion people) lack access to adequate sanitation facilities.
In Africa, 300 million people—40 per cent of the population—live without basic sanitation and hygiene, an increase of 70 million since 1990.
The Festival of holi will be celebrated in India on March 01 by people throwing colors and spraying colored water on each other. But is it really necessary? Just imagine the water wastage in both playing Holi and then in bathing to remove the colors.

Let us all join the campaign as responsible global citizens and human beings and make our contribution towards conserving water by celebrating Holi with as little color and water as possible.