• Water Awareness

    Detecting the water leak in 5 steps

    Water supply providers, including the Aqaba Water Company, monitor the subscriber`s consumption of water by taking meter readings. The consumption value is calculated according to the prices set by the Ministry of Water and Irrigation. Any excess consumption due to leakage in the internal water network means increasing the meter readings which means an increase in the amounts paid for consumption, beside it is a loss of water at the national level.

    We will try in this matter to introduce you in simple ways through which to detect any leakage even if it was a simple one by yourself through some simple tips and methods so as to avoid any surprise to yourself when paying water bill, you should only apply the following tips before contacting the leak detection company.

    1- Check the main valve on the water tank, sometimes these valves are directly connected to the water drain location, if you cannot get to this place, just try to listen carefully to the valve, if you notice the sound of a whistle then this indicates the possibility of leakage.

    1. Check if there is a leak in the toilet by raising the lid of the toilet and listening closely to any sound of leaking. If you hear any sound of a whistle, there is leaking in your toilet and you should now locate it. If there is no sound, you can put a drop of any dye and monitor the movement of water in the toilet. If there is a movement and a change in the dye shape, then this indicates a water leak in the toilet and you should try to locate it, if you cannot locate it then contact the water leak detection company.

    3- Check the water connection itself, if there is no leaking in the valve of the water tank or in the toilet, then you should check the main water indicator connected to the water line you are using in your home. Although checking the main water pipe and detecting any leaking there seems a bit difficult specially if the extensions was internal, but if you can do this then you will save yourself a lot of money. Stop the water push temporarily, remove the cover and see the number on the meter and check if it was over normal or not.

    4- Detect water leaks by checking the water valve inside your house, usually in any house there is a water valve at the beginning and at end of the pipe. All you have to do is to locate the valves and hear close to any wheezing sound and determine if there is leaking or not.

    1. Checking all the faucets inside the house, whether in the kitchen or bathroom. As a result of the use, the internal parts of the faucet may become damaged and this leads to continuous dripping from the tap. The dripping may be slow or continuous. In both cases, this leak contributes significantly to large amounts of water waste and additional amounts at the end of each cycle to no avail.

    To maintain the quality of water, the subscriber shall observe the following:

    • Cleaning the sub-tanks periodically and replacing the damaged ones.
    • Removal of sources of pollution from water sources.
    • Ensure that the water is free from any odor, taste or color.
    • Allow control teams in the company to take samples for water testing.
    • If there are doubts about the quality of the water, please feel free to contact the complaints department and inform them of the complaint.
    • Do not listen to malicious commercial rumors.
    • The company is responsible for the quality of water pumped through its networks only.
    • The company’s responsibility for the quality of water ends at the meter, for cleaning the sub-tanks is the responsibility of the subscriber.

    It is a new term and a new concept for us. But recent scientific studies talked a lot about this concept and gave it a special definition. It is: (Perception of the individual of water problem as one of the environmental problems in terms of size, causes, dimensions, how to address them, the human impact on it, its impact on human and a deep sense of responsibility to address this problem and facing it).

    This imposes on the current and on the future generations to pay more attention to freshwater in general, especially after the intensifying of water crisis at the local, regional and global levels, they also should increases their awareness of everything related to that problem and to make it an important and fundamental issue of their thinking and work, continuously translate that to a continuous work for the development and rationalization of the use of water and to protect it from waste and pollution. The more of moral record of civilization principles an individual has, the sense of responsibility and the concepts of true citizenship will rise, which is his glowing splendor. In this case, it will push to a process of translating the values into a tangible behavioral reality.

    Women must be involved in all various fields where we cannot ignore half of the society. Women have filled many jobs in which they have exercised their convictions and principles of the need to be aware of the natural resources, most importantly water, believing that environmental awareness must be firmly rooted in the child’s mind, after all these are the men and mothers of the future.

    The awareness of the community is a national duty and a responsibility of every individual in the society. It is necessary to spread water awareness by educating the child since childhood about the waste of water use and to involve women in water concerns, issues and awareness and to guide them to economically use the water and to teach their children from an early age these principals. Because the waste of water is rejected and is not recognized by religion, Allah says” eat and drink but not waste by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not those who waste by extravagance”.

    Jordan suffers from water scarcity and is currently ranked third in the world as a poor water state, and this is due to the lack of surface water resources, the scarcity of rainfall in most of Jordan, and the political and humanitarian factors that have contributed to worsen the water status, such as the forced asylum from neighboring countries and the political conflicts over available water resources.

    The per capita water supply in Jordan annually is from 100-130 cubic meters in all uses, while the world’s annual per capita quota is 7,500 cubic meters, indicating that the magnitude of the water problem in Jordan is very large. You can read more about the water status in Jordan through the link here.

    Water sources in nature

    Surface water: This water consists of rivers, seas, oceans and snow.

    • Rainwater: the purest types of natural water.
    • River water: River water comes mainly from rain, and this water contains many solids due to flow through different types of soil.
    • Spring water: The spring water is divided into two types: small springs and large springs.
    • Ocean and sea water: the largest proportion on Earth.

    Underground water: It is the water in the underground.

    What is water?

    Water is a chemical compound consisting of two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom, water spreads on the ground in its various forms (liquid, solid and gaseous). The liquid form is transparent, colorless, tasteless and odorless; the water covers 70% of the surface of the globe.

    Types of water

    • Safe, pure water used for various purposes.
    • Salt water, such as sea and ocean waters.
    • Sewage is not subject to any purification or treatment and therefore cannot be used for any purpose of human life.
    • Sewage water treated with several purification processes suitable for agricultural and industrial use.

    Facts to know about the global water crisis

    1. By 2025, nearly 1.8 billion people will live in water-scarce areas, where two-thirds of the world’s population lives in water-scarce areas.
    2. 780 million people currently live without clean drinking water.
    3. More than a third of Africa’s population lacks access to potable water.
    4. By 2050 is likely to be five times the area of land suffer from “severe drought” more than it is now.
    5. 25-33% of Chinese do not have access to potable water.
    6. By 2035, world energy consumption will increase by 35%, which in turn will increase the pressure on water use by up to 15% according to the International Energy Agency.
    7. In 2050, the increase in population will lead to a 19% increase in water consumption in the agricultural sector.
    8. Water demand is projected to grow by 55% by 2050 (including a 400% increase in water demand in the manufacturing sector).
    9. 46% of the Earth’s surface is covered by transboundary river basins that can lead to future water conflicts.
    10. Agriculture accounts for about 70% of global freshwater withdrawals and up to 90% in some fast-growing economies.
    11. In the United States, thermal power plants represent approximately 50% of all freshwater withdrawals.
    12. Over the past 40 years, the world population has doubled, while water use has quadrupled

    13- The Southern Sahara in Africa has the highest number of water-scarce countries in any region.

    1. While the average person consumes about 12 gallons (46 liters) a day to maintain his life and the adequacy of his requirements, the average US individual uses about 158 gallons (612 liters) per day.
    2. By 2030, the global middle class will increase from 1.8 to 4.9 billion, resulting in a significant increase in freshwater consumption.
    3. By 2050, one in five developing countries will face water shortages (according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
    4. By 2040, there will not be enough water in the world to quench the thirst of the world’s population and to maintain current energy if we continue to do what we do today.

    Water awareness and rational use of water

    The importance of water:

    Water is a great blessing that Allah has bestowed upon the mankind, Allah says And we have made from water every living thing”

    Allah also says” Allah has created every moving (living) creature from water.

    The Holy Quran has spoken much about the value of water and its importance to human and living life.

    Allah also says” And among His Signs (is this), that you see the earth barren, but when We send down water (rain) to it, it is stirred to life and growth (of vegetations), He Who gives it life, surely, is Able to give life to the dead

    Rationing water use:

    The rationalization of water consumption is one of the vital issues that concern the world and local public opinion in many countries in the world, including Jordan, and should not be ignored. It is our responsibility to preserve natural resources and to practice civilized methods in dealing with water and adapting our daily habits to the practical solutions offered by practical studies in this field

    Rationalization is the optimal use of water so that it can be utilized in the least amount and at the lowest possible financial cost in all areas of life, and when we talk about rationalization we aim to educate consumers on the importance of water as it is the basis of life, and the development of water resources, which has become a vital requirement to ensure sustainable development in all fields of industry, tourism and agriculture by working to change the patterns and habits of everyday consumption.

    The call to rationalize consumption is not meant to deprive the use of water as much as it is meant to work on self-education and not to be excessive to take advantage of the grace of Allah, where he urged in the verse, ” eat and drink but not waste by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not those who waste by extravagance”.

     

    The aim of rationalizing water consumption:

    1. Guidance for the optimal use and maintenance of safe drinking water.
    2. General rationalization of water consumption, particularly in the governmental, industrial, residential and commercial sectors.
    3. Public awareness of all members of society and emphasize the importance of rationalization.
    4. Reduce the value of the consumption bill.
    5. Be away from extravagance.

    The official and community bodies in Jordan have alerted to the water situation in Jordan and to the need to address, plan, study and hold special conferences to promote conscious consumption of water in all aspects of life.

    The problem of water consumption is one of the problems faced by individuals economically and socially. Uncertain consumption of water means wasting this vital resource, which is vital to the lives of individuals and society.

    We at Aqaba Water Company show an increasing interest in rationalizing water consumption and at different social levels. We aim to reach the realization of the importance of this rationalization and partnership in assuming this responsibility, where the individual at the personal level should also play a fundamental and important role in achieving the rationalization.

    When water is safe to drink

    The water is suitable for drinking when it is colorless, tasteless and odorless, mildly cold and contains little mineral material, so that the salts of calcareous salts are not higher than the permissible levels, and are free of ammonia, nitrite salts, nitrates and other organic substances that indicate pollution of toxic substances such as lead salts, arsenic and toxic gases. Good water contains no parasites or its eggs and does not contain harmful germs at all.

    What is pollution?

    Contamination of drinking water is the presence of undesirable material in the water so that it becomes not suitable for human consumption directly, and can be classified by the degree of pollution to:

    • Drinking water (pure water): It is water free of any harmful chemical or biological substances and is free of unwanted odors and exotic colors.
    • Contaminated water: its taste and its smell are acceptable but contain some substances harmful to human health.
    • Bad water: it has an unacceptable appearance as well as unacceptable color, taste and smell, as is the case for stagnant water and swamps.

    Types of pollution

    • Natural pollution: pollution that leads to a change in the natural characteristics of water.
    • Chemical contamination: It is the pollution that leads to a change in chemical water properties such as increased salts, chemicals, and trace metals.
    • Biological pollution is the pollution that indicates the presence of micro-organisms or organisms such as bacteria, algae, worms and insect larvae.

    The need to conserve water

    Human should conserve water and what is known by rationalization in order to avoid the water shortage that makes life difficult, because water enters all areas of life, such as drinking, bathing, cooking, washing, dish washing, planting, washing cars and others.

    Rationalization of consumption is: controlling the quantity and cost of water consumption in various areas of life, Islam has urged the need for economy in life in general, and not to be wasteful. In the Holy Qur’an, it is stated that “Verily the spendthrifts are brothers of the Shayatin (devils) “in reference to the danger of the non-systematic and the irresponsible act of consumption by the people. The responsibility of awareness to preserve the blessings and important things in our lives rests with the parents, the school and the community institutions, so that we continue to enjoy it and fear its loss, and consequently suffering as a result.

    Food replaces water and fights drought

    According to the usual medical rules, your body needs 8 glasses or two liters of water per day, but many of us give up drinking this amount for a variety of reasons, including not feeling thirsty or busy.

    Cucumber: This kind of summer vegetable, which we all love, contains 96% water of its weight, the highest percentage of other foods, you can add it to salads. In order to make better use of it, especially during hot days, we recommend that you mix it with yogurt and ice cubes to prepare a kind of delicious cold soup!

    – Ice berg lettuce: In the second place after cucumber, 95% of its weight is water, does not contain calories, you can add it to sandwiches and rely on it in salads.

    – Radish: You may think that this type of vegetables does not contain water and the taste is sometimes hot, it contains 94% of its weight water. In addition it contains antioxidants.

    – Tomatoes: contain a fantastic proportion of water, about 92% of its weigh is water but we do not recommend to use too much of it because it contains a high proportion of sodium, which may put you at risk of high pressure and cardiovascular disease.

    – Strawberry: In addition to its delicious taste, strawberries contain 90% water. It is worth mentioning that the family of berries and Berries are all rich in water and in varying degrees ranging between 70 and 90%.

    Deissa water is completely free of any bacterial or chemical content, which has the following advantages:

    Deissa water is completely free from any bacterial or chemical content, which has the following advantages:

    • Do not create any calcareous layer in the house extensions, which increases in its lifetime.
    • Do not cause any clogging in automatic washing machines, thus prolonging life and reducing maintenance and electricity consumption.
    • Extend the life of electric resistance used in electric heaters.
    • Minimize the maintenance required for boilers used in industries.
    • A small amount of cleaning powder in washing gives good results when using this water due to the overall low rate of hardship.
    • Lower heating cost.
    • A small amount of shampoo is sufficient for the cleanliness of hair and body when bathing.
    • Do not leave clear stains on the glass after drying, do not leave clear stains even if not dried with a special towel.
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