Water Conservation Project

By Hasan Salim and Alex Ollmann

How water is used in our daily lives

People use a lot of water in their daily lives. Examples include everybody takes a bath, brushes their teeth, wash dishes, clean clothing, using the toilet, and cleaning their hands. Of course most people drink water too. We also use water as a state by watering farmland and public areas as well as for environmental purposes to make an area more "scenic". Also we use a lot of urban water. The majority of this water is for landscaping. According to the USGS Water Science School, most people use about 80-100 gallons of water a day! You may think that's a lot, but multilply that by about 38,000,000 and that is a lot of water!

How water is distributed

A main reason that people are being encouraged to save water is because we have so little freshwater in our reach. Only three percent of all the water on earth is freshwater and out of that three percent, only thirty percent is in our reach. Seventy percent of earth's freshwater is frozen in glaciers and icebergs, twenty nine percent is ground water, and one percent of water comes from lakes, rivers, and streams. So only thirty percent out of the three percent of freshwater on earth is in our reach. Some water we use comes from the ocean. It is changed to freshwater in a process called desalination. It is not used often since is is quite costly. We also get water from lakes, rivers, and streams once the water is treated. Since only thirty percent of freshwater on earth is in our reach, water is a very precious resource.

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How we can use less water in our daily lives

Some ways that we can use less water in our daily lives include simple tasks like only loading a dishwasher or washing machine when it's full, fixing leaky taps and faucets, water your yard in the early morning or late evening when it's cool outside. Watering when it's hot and sunny is wasteful because most of the water evaporates before the plants have time to drink it. Also, landscape with drought tolerant trees, plants and groundcovers so you don't have to water as often. You can also turn of the tap when it's not being used and take shorter showers. These are just some solutions to save water and help our one and only Earth.

How water shortage will hurt the environment and the economy

If we continue to waste water, bodies of water can dry up causing a huge disturbance in the economy and environment. If a place dries up, the fish will die and fisherman will catch less fish. Then less fish will hurt the economy and the environment. Animals that reley on the fish for food or controlling populations will either overpopulate or starve. Also, fishermen would be fired and have no money, also that could mean no nearby body of water to take water from, crops woulden't grow and there would be less water for people to drink. Getting water from somewhere else would be costly and people would leave due to rising taxes hurting the economy. Also, if that body of water was a tourist attraction, the region would lose more money and the economy would suffer greatly. That is why water conservation is so important. We need water for a stable environment and economy.

The Importance of Water Conservation

The Southwest region of America is in a severe drought and we are using a lot of water. For the sake of the future generations of people, plants, and animals, we have got to save water. We only have one planet we can count on to meet our needs. We only have limited water on earth. Already, seas are beginning to dry up. For example, the Aral Sea in the Mediteranean Region used to be huge lakes but has completly dried up, boats were marooned in the region. The Salton Sea is also drying up. That is why this is such a severe issue. We all have responsibilities to the environment and we must take them seriously. Anyone can make a difference. Can't you be one of those people?

How wasting water will affect the future

At this rate, if we continue to use water at this rate, we will run out of water in one year! The future generations will be chaos! California is one of the larges states in America and the most populated one. Running out of water anywhere is a crisis, especially here in California. What we do today can either save tomorrow or damage tomorrow. That is why we must be mindful of the economy and the environment before we let the water run when we brush our teeth again.