Nas nossas atividades diárias, desperdiçamos muita água. Na casa de banho, por exemplo, enquanto esperamos que saia água quente, é frequente manter a torneira aberta, deixando água limpa ir pelo cano abaixo, misturando-se com águas residuais.
Uma torneira aberta desperdiça, por minuto, 12 litros de água, que pode ser aproveitada para outros fins como lavar o chão ou regar plantas.
Porque a ação de cada um conta, é fundamental alterar hábitos, usando a água sem a desperdiçar.
We waste too much water in our daily tasks. In the bathroom, and while waiting for hot water, it’s usual to leave the tap open, allowing clean water to go down the pipe and directly mixing with grey one.
An open tap wastes 12 water liters per minute, which can be used to wash the floor or water the plants.
Since the actions of each and every one of us matters, it’s crucial to change our habits, using WATER without wasting it.
In the fountain area of Braga city, you can easily see restored granite structures from the 18th century, called mothers-of-water. The mothers-of-water are the entrance door to the treasure hidden underground. The water in the subsoil of this area was the reason for civil movements for the creation of the ecomumental park of the seven fountains.
Fountains in ancient times… The need to always have at home a pot or a jug with water…” was the greatest origin of fountain creation, as stated by the historian Eduardo Pires de Oliveira, adding that “They were also, one of the fundamental elements of the image of any city…”. Scattered throughout the villages where there was a spring of water gave rise to a fountain, or just a spout, as the small springs or fountains were often referred to. Fresh, crystalline and light water, as we heard the elders speak.
“In the old days, there was no running water at home, I had to walk more than half a kilometer to fetch water and fill the vessel”, comments Luís Gonçalves, retired, born in 1947. The effort of many governments in seeking access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all has become a reality for many people. However, consumers don’t realize all the effort that was necessary, the path taken, to obtain quality and sustainability of this good and especially to maintain the high sanitation efficiency rate, for which it is crucial to change our unsustainable habits.