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Saving water 節約用水

Children wash their hands at Yongjing Park, Taipei.
孩童在台北永靜公園洗手。 (照片:台北時報)

PHOTO: TAIPEI TIMES

Water is very important to humans — our bodies are about 60 percent water. But 40 percent of people in the world can't get clean drinking water everyday.

In Taiwan we are very lucky. Maybe sometimes we don't stop to think how we use water. The more water we use the more energy we have to use to get more water in our taps.

You can save water everyday by being careful. Every time you leave the tap running when you brush your teeth you use over five litres of water. Turn the tap off and you can save four and a half litres! Turning the tap off while washing your face will help too.

Do you need to let your shower run while the water gets warm? Put a watering can in the bath to catch the extra water. You can use it to water the plants in your home. You will save more than 1,000 litres every month!

Always make sure you turn off taps tightly. A dripping tap uses 86 litres of water a day for nothing. 

(Catherine Thomas, staff writer)

水對人類來說非常重要,我們的身體有60%是水分,世界上卻有40%的人無法取得乾淨的日常飲用水。

身在台灣的我們非常幸運,也許有時我們不會停下來想一想自己如何使用水資源,我們用愈多水,就得耗費愈多能源汲水。

只要謹慎就能天天節約用水。每次刷牙開著水龍頭就流失超過五公升的水,關掉水龍頭就省下四點五公升的水,洗臉時關掉水龍頭也有助於省水。

你需要在水變溫前讓水一直流嗎?放一個水盆在浴缸裡接住剩餘的水,用這些水澆家裡的植物,每月將可節省超過一千公升的水量。

確保關緊水龍頭。一個漏水的水龍頭每天浪費八十六公升的水。



(翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. clean drinking water n.

乾淨的飲用水 (gan1 jing4 de5 yin3 yong4 shui3)

例: Nearly 5,000 children die everyday because they don't have clean drinking water.

(每天有將近五千名孩童因無法飲用乾淨的水而死亡。)

2. tightly adj.

緊緊地 (jin2 jin3 di5)

例: Close the lid on your water bottle tightly so that it doesn't spill in your schoolbag.

(關緊你的水瓶蓋,水才不會灑在書包裡。)

3. drip v.i. /v.t.

滴下 (di1 xia4)

例: If you have a cold you should carry a handkerchief so that your nose doesn't drip!

(你如果有感冒,應該帶條手巾,鼻水才不會流出來。)


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