The authors of this entry, Marissa Spruell and Kevin Stennett, are students in Suzy Halverson’s class at Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School in Florida and have been participating in GEF’s Green Building Course during the Fall of 2011. They recently completed the unit on water and shared some of the interesting facts and strategies they’ve learned about water conservation. Most importantly, they’ve learned that simple changes in behavior can make a huge difference in the global water crisis! Check it out:
72% of the Earth’s surface is made of water. But out of that percentage, 97% of that water is salty and unusable. It’s obvious to say that we have a very limited amount of water that can actually be used… 3/10 of a percent to be exact. That’s a very alarming statistic considering all the humans that use water as a daily necessity. The United States uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water daily! We have to realize that even though there are 326 million cubic miles of water, because of the small percent that we can use we have to be careful to ensure that we have a safe of usable water.
Knowing these alarming statistics shouldn’t just worry us, but they should motivate people to research ways to conserve water. Many people believe that being eco-friendly is costly. Even though that statement is true, there are many ways to help the Earth without emptying your pockets. These options can take place anywhere anytime. Whether it’s when you’re getting ready in the morning, cooking, performing daily chores, etc. Obvious ways to conserve water include turning off the water when you’re not using it, fix dripping hoses or other water outlets, and water your lawns at night instead of during the day. Some other interesting and unobvious ways to conserve water include running your dishwasher and washing machine ONLY when they’re full, using a broom instead of a hose to clean your sidewalk or driveway, cut down to using only one specific cup a day to drink from. You’ll cut down the amount of dishes you’ll have and water you’ll use from washing dishes.
It’s important to know the different ways to conserve water, but knowing doesn’t have much of an effect if an action isn’t taking place behind it. My partner and I are glad to say that our families participate in many of the ways we stated in the previous paragraph. Both of our families make sure the water isn’t running while we’re brushing our teeth. My brothers clean the driveway using a broom instead of using a hose on a regular basis. When my mom cooks and washes her vegetables she used a bowl of water instead of using running water. My partner and I both irrigate our lawns at night instead of during the day.