Texas Water Shortage

By: Andrea Martinez, Alyssa Livingston, & Grace Donaldson

TEXAS DROUGHT

In Texas , many people have been using water to do every day tasks such as, taking baths instead of showers, watering yards in the heat of the day, & gardeners keeping their crops moist. As the years go on, lakes have been running dry and water has become the new oil.

WATER BARRELS

Water barrels are a very easy and simple way to collect water. This is extremely beneficial for gardeners that use up lots of water to keep their plants in good condition, especially if you own plants that require lots of water such as the Blue Siberian Iris, the Spiderwort, Queen of the Prairie, or the New England Aster. However, keeping your plants hydrated, may become a problem with the drought we are currently in. Water barrels can help maintain your gardens hydrated! Water barrels will collect rainfall and have lids that can be closed to avoid evaporation of the water. So to all of you gardeners out there, go and get yourself a very useful water barrel!
INSTALL A WATER BARREL

THIS LINK WILL TAKE YOU TO A HOW TO VIDEO SHOWING YOU HOW TO EASILY INSTALL A WATER BARREL.

NIGHT WATERING

As many people are aware of by now, watering in the heat of the day is a huge mistake. Not only is it prohibited in places like San Diego, La Puente Valley, & Palmdale but you are also feeding the water to the sun. So think of it like this, you are outside "watering" your plants, you pour the water but before any of your plants have time to absorb it, the sun evaporates all the water away leaving your plants dry as a desert. The heat of the day is usually from 10am-10pm. To avoid getting your water "stolen" by the sun, try watering at night after 10pm and before 10am. Believe it or not, this will make a huge difference in your plants condition. So if you are one of those people that have heard of this but have not put it in to action, remember that the drought has already started, so the sooner you do this, the better.

SHOWERS & BATHS

I'm not sure whether people are aware of this or not but taking a bath actually wastes an extreme amount of water. It uses about three times more water than a shower. Here's an experiment that you can do to prove this theory. This experiment will take two days, so the first day, take a regular bath and close the drain so that all the water stays in the tub. Next use a sharpie which you will use to mark the top of the water level on your bathtub, label it bath. The following day do the exact same thing, except this time take a shower and label it shower. After you are done, compare the two lines and you will see a tremendous difference. Also, you can conserve water by turning off the running water while shampooing, conditioning, and applying body wash. Use what was taught to you as a kid, turn of the sink while brushing your teeth.
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RECAP TIME!!!

I hope that this has given you a very clear image of what we are going through. Many people know that water needs to conserved but don't know how bad this drought is. Now that you know many ways to conserve water, I hope you take action now before it's too late. Get your friends involved, share all this information and make a difference. And remember, WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD, ONE DROP AT A TIME!