Water Conservation

Save water today to get water tomorrow

Why is water important? Let us remind you why water is important. Get ready because I'm going to start blabbing about what water is useful for. Like the pool, our gardens (that some of us have), washing your hands (which some of us don’t do), flushing toilets (again, which some of us don’t do), taking showers (you know I not even going to say it again because you get the point), sprinklers (most of us have these), drinking water. But see if we lose this water then we won't be able to use or do these things. And see that is what is what this paper is about. So enjoy but don’t fall asleep I know this paper is long and if you were me I probably lose track of where I am in this paragraph. I just realized this paragraph I was just blabbing, sorry. -Nolan

Water Usage

The average American uses 176 gallons of water per day compared to 5 gallons of water the average African family uses each day. In a family of four, approximately 400 gallons of water per day is used. 70 percent of water is used indoors, with the bathrooms being the largest consumer. More than 45 percent of water use happens in the bathroom, with about 27 percent used by toilets. Older toilets can use 3.5, 5, or even up to 7 gallons of water with every flush.“If it's yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down”. Many people are disturbed by this, but why not just flush when necessary?

In an average home, showers are usually the third largest water use after. toilets and washers. The amount of water used while taking a shower depends on the flow rate of the showerhead, and how long the shower lasts, but the average shower uses 17.2 gallons and lasts for about 8 minutes. Old shower heads use as much as 4 gallons per minute, whereas new shower heads use about 2-2.5 gallons per minute.

2013 was one of the driest years on record in the state. And January, was the worst drought California has ever seen since records began being kept about 100 years ago. The drought is making people think twice every time they turn on the tap, despite the little rain. In Sacramento, where half of the homes still don't use water meters, residents use 279 gallons a per day, almost triple the 98 gallons that residents of San Francisco use. Palm Springs, uses about 736 gallons a day per person, five times as much as residents of San Jose and Los Angeles. -Ivy

Water Distribution

The water that we use has to come from somewhere. But where? Well, the water that we use comes from two types of water, saltwater and freshwater. Fresh water has many percentages of other sources of water like 87% of melted snow and ice, 12% ground water, and 1% lakes and rivers. So you're probably wondering how water gets to our homes for our own use. Well, many years ago when everyone lived in rural areas, people would have to get their own water from rivers or from local wells, any many people still do supply their own water, but how do we get it to our homes today. One way water is supplied to town residents is for the water department pump water from a reservoir, river, or well into a water tower, which often sits on high points in the town. The, using gravity (free!) the water flows through pipes all the way to the last house in your subdivision. In many rural areas where public water-supply systems don't exist, homeowners have their own wells, but often still fill up a tank. -Caroline
Everyone hates paying bills so if you want to cut back on your water bill try and conserve water in any way possible like the 3 tips above. So are with us to help conserve our water. - Nolan