This may sound very obvious and much talked about topic, yet one of the most neglected one. I always lived in cities (thank God) that had no shortage of water so I never knew the importance of water until I moved to a city where in that particular area that I chose to live there were issues with the shortage of municipal water supply. To make it worse, the electric motor that the landlord had installed was also under bad condition. Importance of water is best known when there is no water around.
For the first day we assumed the landlordwould take care and get the motor repaired as soon as possible but to our bad luck the landlord did not live there. Landlord had his house at some other location in the city far away from his house where we were on rent. It took three days for him to send a mechanic for motor repair.
In the mean time we were busy begging the neighbors for a few buckets of water for daily use. For the first time in my life I could know water was very useful in many applications and not just required to quench the thirst. It was not good to run for a bucket of water tothe neighbors every time so we (three) became very conservative. Condition was so worse that we even had to think water consumption in cooking food.
The worst condition was with the use of toilets. English pattern of toilets could be of help to the older people or could be a symbol status for some, but what we found in those days that it required a lot of water every time someone used it. This was the most ridiculous thing we faced during those days. This condition and our struggle with the landlord continued for 3 months (he had already taken advance for three months which he would not return despite several requests and arguments).
When we shifted to a new house, the first thing we made sure was that there was no problem with the water supply. We (at least I) had realized the importance of water and why all the mature people always suggest saving water. There is nothing wrong with saving water. To waste water just out of negligence is worthless. We now know the importance of water and may all know the importance of water so that all the living beings would live happily.