Don't Hog All The Water

Andrew P, Jekshua R, Kevin S, Trey K

Where does our water come from?

Most of our water in Texas comes from groundwater (e.g. aquifers, watersheds, etc...).


Some comes from surface water (e.g. river, lake, etc...). This is more common in rural areas where large filtration systems are not common.

Usage

Although domestic use, like brushing your teeth, taking showers, and doing the dishes can play a big role in conserving water, it is only a drop in the bucket.



Check out the graph below:

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Impact Of Not Conserving Water

This can impact the area in a lot ways. With less water in the area, fires can start that destroy a lot of area. In Texas, the 2011 drought has created 6 thousand sq miles burned, 2700 homes destroyed, 110 drought related deaths, and 28,000 fires. Fires are caused by dry grass, or dry leaves etc... Water is a necessary thing, as this will decrease if more water is present.


Texas water supply for the future is uncertain

"DALLAS - Texas has a powerful thirst, one that won't be quenched any time soon given projections that the state's population will double to 46 million over the next half-century.

In the past, Texans - particularly those in the most populated areas - found water for all those extra showers, sprinklers and toilets by heading to where the water was and grabbing it. They did this with big reservoirs, deep wells and long pipelines. Whatever it took.

But the days of cheap and abundant water are coming to an end, and where the additional supply will come from is not clear.

The devastating drought of the 1950s, the marker for the worst-case dry spell in Texas history, prompted a massive investment in the state's water infrastructure designed to ensure there would be enough water to meet the demand in decades to come.

Sixty years later, with the state gripped once again by a record-setting drought, lawmakers are balking at the price tag of a plan designed to meet demand for the next 50 years - a staggering $53 billion for more reservoirs, desalination plants and pipelines, among other projects."


Source:

Tresaugue, Matthew. "Texas Water Supply for the Future Is Uncertain." Houston Chronicle. N.p., 12 Nov. 2011. Web. 21 Mar. 2013.


For another article regarding the Texas drought, go to: http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/texas_lege/texas-homeowners-may-have-drought-resistant-lawns

To conserve

Water should be conserved, because the water we have now is the only water we will ever have. If water is not conserved, our future can be destroyed, and the next generation that will have no water. This can also destroy many ecosystem in Texas.
  • You can conserve water in many way, like in our daily life
  1. Turning off the water will you brush your teeth
  2. Shorten duration of shower
  3. Do not water lawn during day
  4. Water no more than once a week
  5. Do not water on a week of which it rains
  6. Develop a "drought-resistant" lawn

The main problem is agriculture. Water needs to be conserved in agriculture the most, but it also has to produce plants and livestock.

  • The state can restricted the amount of water farms can use by the number of times they can water weakly
  • Also regulations can be made of what time of day they are allowed to water
This can help change the predicted time of being without water, if everyone contributes in conserving water.


Do you want to change the future for the better... or for the worst?

For More Source To Help Save Water

http://water.epa.gov/action/

"What You Can Do." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://water.epa.gov/action/>.

Work Cited

"Infrastructure." : Water. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/tif/water.html>.

"Blogs." GreenBiz.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/05/12/world-running-out-water-now-what>.

"Dried Out." Texas Drought Maps and Photos. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/drought/>.

"ECONOMY." Texas Senate Passes Groundwater Bill. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.texastribune.org/2011/03/30/texas-senate-passes-groundwater-bill/>.

"Onion Creek Recharge Enhancement." - Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.bseacd.org/projects/onion-creek-recharge-enhancement/>.

"What You Can Do." Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://water.epa.gov/action/>.

"Science and Innovation - Forest Fires." Science and Innovation - Forest Fires. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013. <http://www.borealforest.org/world/innova/forest_fire.htm>