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Mission Paani: How to Maintain Hygiene Using Water Efficiently

While promoting hygiene, one also has to be cautious of not using excess water. There are sustainable methods which can be followed to maintain hygiene while also saving water, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

News18.com | Updated: November 19, 2020, 10:30 AM IST
A student demonstrates how to wash hands during an awareness campaign about coronavirus disease, at a school in Chennai, on March 14, 2020. (REUTERS)
A student demonstrates how to wash hands during an awareness campaign about coronavirus disease, at a school in Chennai, on March 14, 2020. (REUTERS)
Water is used for several purposes and people have time and again realised that clean water is essential for maintaining hygiene. But while promoting hygiene, one also has to be cautious of not using excess water. There are sustainable methods which can be followed to maintain hygiene while also saving water, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here are some of the tips that you can use in your day-to-day life to save water:

- Washing hands with soap and water is the most basic way of maintaining hygiene. However, water is often wasted during handwashing because we are not cautious of preserving it. Do not leave the tap open while you are rubbing liquid soap on your hands. Open the water tap once you are done applying soap on your hands and ready to wash it off. You should also not leave the water tap open while brushing your teeth. These small steps can contribute in saving water on a day-to-day basis.

- Bathing is essential to maintain personal hygiene but it is not necessary to use a shower. Using a bucket for bathing will help you save water because excess water is used while using a shower for bathing. For this reason, bathtubs are usually discouraged for bathing as they require around 150 litres of water.

- One must use clean clothes if you want to maintain hygiene. Fully automatic washing machines require more water to clean clothes. However, if you want to minimise water usage, then you wash the clothes only when the load is full. It is also recommended that you wash smaller clothes by hand so that minimal water can be used in their washing.

So far, we have looked at water conservation from the perspective of saving drinking water. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has made people realise that regulating its use for other purposes is as important to conserve it. The Harpic-News18 Mission Paani campaign aims to promote sustainable water usage with the message ‘Swachhta aur Paani, Aakhir Bachani Hai Zindagani’.

Mission Paani campaign also provides support to water conservationists. The aim is to ensure that water should be made available to the future generations.