Make A Splash!
By: Kate, Bethany, Claire & Andrea
WHERE DOES OUR WATER COME FROM?
Each specific region has different sources of water. These sources are things like lakes, rivers, streams, etc. The citizens of Coppell get their water from Lake Lewisville, Lake Grapevine, the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, Lake Ray Roberts, Lake Ray Hubbard, Tawakoni Lake & Fork Lake. But of course, the water from these nearby lakes and rivers are purified & cleaned for human use.
WHEN ARE WE GOING TO RUN OUT OF WATER?
Although for some, getting water is as simple as turning on the sink, for others it takes a lot more work than that. Currently, there is 1 billion people going hungry because there is not enough water to grow necessary food. In 2009, the world's population hit 7 billion, the highest it's ever been. This population growth has caused an extreme shortage of water, as the demand for fresh water went up, the supply went way down. It is predicted that by the year 2050 there will be 4 billion people world wide without the proper amount of water that is needed to live. That would be a 45% growth from the current 1 billion people living without proper water supply.
The Infographics Show - Water
HOW IS OUR DAILY WATER USAGE IMPACTING THE LOCAL AND GLOBAL ECOLOGY?
The amount of water that a single human being uses to satisfy their needs is known as an ecological footprint. Some of the factors that go into deciding how big your ecological footprint is, are things such as the type of food you eat and where it's from, the length of your showers, or whether or not you leave your sink on while you brush your teeth. No matter where you live, these things, although they may seem small, can widely effect your city, your state, even your country on a very large scale. When you don't buy produce locally, you are impacting the global ecology. When you take your own car instead of public transportation you are impacting local ecology. There are many ways that you can hurt the ecology of this planet but there are just as many ways that you can help it.
WHY SHOULD TEXAS WATER BE CONSERVED AND HOW?
Many people think that water is a "never ending" resource, but it actually isn't. Although water is needed to survive no matter where you live, in a hot & dry state like Texas, water is a very crucial resource. Since every human being on earth would die without water, it's very important that we use it wisely and start doing things to cut down the use of water and create ways to recycle water. The first thing that needs to be done is just getting the word around and you can just do easy things like sharing information with your friends and your community and soon, many people will be on the same page. The state could pass a law that forces farmers to plant their crops closer together so that when they water the plants, they don't waste water on the grass and soil in between the plants. Also, people could start building concrete pavement about 10 feet under the ground so it can catch the ground water which can be used to recycle the water for the plants or it could even be purified for human use. But, this concrete would be at an angle under ground, so all the water trickles down to one end and there could be a machine or tube that sucks up all the water. Lastly, Texas should encourage not to over water your plants. But in reality, it is up to every individual to follow through with these plans and make the change. These ideas are some big ideas, but individuals could do little things like taking shorter showers, not leaving the faucet running if it doesn't have to, etc. There are many things; big and small, that humans can do to make water last longer on Earth.