Water

Introduction

Water is an important issue in schools because schools use 22,284 gallons of water a day on average, according to TampaGov. Therefore, the way your school manages water can have a significant impact on your local watershed. As we use more and more water for irrigation and heating and cooling processes, we are exceeding the rates that our aquifers can replenish themselves in many areas around the country.

But, your school can save a great deal of water by implementing many small changes. First, schools can recycle their water with gray water systems. But, schools can also use less water to begin with by installing low-flush toilets and waterless urinals inside the building. Outside, schools can practice smarter landscaping techniques, such as xeriscaping in drier climates and can water the vegetation more efficiently using systems like trickle or drip irrigation.

Even some of the smallest improvements can make a noticeable difference. For example, installing low-volume toilets can reduce water use from 4.5 gallons per flush to only 1.6 gallons, resulting in a 14% savings in the school’s total water use, according to TampaGov. Even repairing leaks from a dripping faucet or showerhead can save up to 1,000 gallons a week. Click Take Some Action to get started conserving water in your school!


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Beyond conservation, our actions also affect the quality of our water resources. Water quality issues affect the local ecosystem through contamination of watersheds, and water quality issues can affect us through contamination of ground water. To learn more about these issues, check out our health section of Upload Knowledge.

Also, make sure to bring water into the classroom with our teaching section of Upload Knowledge. Students can learn the science behind the water cycle and can become conscious of human’s impact on the water supply. They can learn how and why human water use differs significantly around the world. They can explore the reasons why the average U.S. citizen uses 101 gallons of water per day compared to 20 or 30 gallons per day for the average citizen of a developing country.

Click here to find out how much water you use each day.


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