We Need To Save Water!

Water Conservation Project By

Ashley Dukellis, Daryon Roshanzaer, Leor Altamirano, Mahi Bhate

Effect on the Future

Water usage is very critical right now in California because we are in a drought.In 2010 we used 42 million acre-feet per year, or about 38 billion gallons per day.That includes water pumped from wells plus all of the water taken from sources such as rivers, canals and reservoirs.To put that huge number in perspective: California has been using the equivalent of the full capacity of Lake Shasta, the state's largest reservoir, every 40 days. If we keep on using this much water we will soon have low water levels everywhere and we would run out of water to drink and use. Now in 2015 we have a larger population so we use more water so imagine how much water we use per year. It takes a lot of money to clean water so if we use that much water a day we will be in a drought and California will not be as rich as it was before.

Water Conservation

When in a major drought conserving water is a key component in trying to get out of this drought. There are many key items that can help us get out of the drought. The first tip is to only wash your dishwasher and washing machine when you have full loads. Also, when watering your lawn, water it when it's cool so the sun doesn't dry it up before the water gets to the plants. Another easy way to conserve water is don't let the water run when you're not using it. There are also special toilets and water heads that have low pressure so less water is used. one last tip is to plant succulents because they use less water. These easy tips will help us get out of this drought.

Tips on Conserving Water

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Water Distribution

Since most of Southern California is going through a major drought, the water is obviously running out. The worlds total of water supply is about 33.2 million cubic miles of water. Over 68 percent //of the water is locked up in glaciers and ice. 30 percent of freshwater is underground. Fresh water sources, such as lakes and rivers, only constitute about 22,300 cubic miles which is only about 1/150th of one percent of water. Over 96 percent of water is saline.Yet, rivers and lakes are the sources most people use everyday. If you check back in a thousand or million years, no doubt the numbers will be different.
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Water Usuage

Humans use 80-100 gallons of water each day. We also use 5 gallons of water while brushing our teeth if you leave the water running! this is a ridiculous amount of water for a little task! no wonder why we are in a drought. Americans need to cut down on water majorily. also, it takes about 15-25 gallons of water for an average 5 minute shower! something needs to change about this. If we think our grandchildren will have no water! An average of household uses 400 gallons of water a day!
Southern Californians are reducing their water use amid and historic drought but, they have cut back at the lowest rate in the state, the water resources control board announced this week.South coast hydrologic region which includes major urban areas such as Los Angeles, Santa Ana and San Diego, reduced water by 1.7% in July- an improvement from May. Still Californians are falling short of the 20% reduction? In July, the state water board adopted conservation regulations that spurred local water districts to tighten local ordinances. In many districts, mandatory outdoor watering restrictions were adopted and some agencies limited water for residential carwashes and pools.The board in July also made reporting water usage mandatory for urban water suppliers. About 87% of water agencies responded to the board's survey, compared with only about 63% that responded voluntarily in May."We're seeing the trend and it's encouraging," Marcus said. "If it tapers off or it doesn't materialize then we'll have to think next steps, but I prefer to be an optimist. Better late than never."