What's the Cost of Not Conserving?
information, surveying people, doing water audits, and finding
out more about our precious water resources should help students
realize that the cost of learning to conserve water is far less
expensive than not conserving and having more water shortages
Learn about xeriscaping. Download the Xeriscape newsletter and follow the plans. Use the blackline master
to design a water conserving landscape area.
Water Activities Booklet. This can be used with younger students
to help them understand the issues your group is learning about
and presenting to others.
Download the Showerlock
Holmes Case and have students investigate how much water individuals
use a day. This is a simple, interesting way to do a water audit.
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Review facts on water useage and the need to conserve. (Utilize
links online and other source materials
for this.) It is important that students realize the connection
between conservation and the available water supply.
Conservation- Kids' Page is a site by Soutwest Florida Water
Management with many resources to help you plan an awareness campaign,
provide materials for lessons, and lots of information.
Drip Calculator Helps measure and estimate water wasted due
to leaks and drips. Offers two ways to measure, one for smaller
leaks and one for more rapid leaks. Students simply count the
drips in a minute or use a stopwatch to see how long it takes
to fill an eight ounce cup and the calculations of how many gallons
per day, month, and year are figured for them. (See student activity
for Drip Calculator.)
Water Conservation Brochures in pdf format including ones on xeriscaping
and 50 Ways to do your part tips brochure.
out about local
water conservation projects or efforts by clicking on the
U.S. map. You
may locate a project you can join or find one to replicate in
Emphasize how plants, animals, and people depend on water in order
to live. Stress the responsibility of citizens (regardless of
age) to protect water resources. When they think what they do
doesn't matter, remind them that it is often said that "Every
Stress that water conservation is about practices that use less
water. A basic foundation of the water or hydrology cycle is needed
prior to beginning the activities. Students should also be familiar
with some basic facts about water. Have
students view "Water
for Life" online.
Hands-on Activities from The Water Sourcebook Designed for use
by teachers, non-formal educators, and water quality professionals.
The Water Sourcebook series covers today's most important water
Water Goes Around and Comes Around
Waste Not, Want Not
View a list of books and information available at Other Resources
in the Bibliography and More which
might help you and students as your learn more about water and
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List restrictions on water in your area/state/region/country.
Discuss why restrictions are in place. List/research conservation
efforts for the area (ex. toilet trade-in). How do restrictions
relate or translate to community/businesses? Present your findings
to other classes or groups.
Look at alternative water sources: reclaimed, desalination,
rehydration, reuse. Find out what these terms mean and how they
can help with the water problem.
Regional Service Project, Region IV provides valuable information
for teachers.The Watershed Information Sourcebook - Reading
and Writing Naturally is probably the most valuable.
Research water saving devices (online and contact local businesses
which may carry such products) such as waterless
urinals at http://falconwaterfree.com
or High efficiency toilets which details information about these water
Print out a guide
to water saving devices and vendors (PDF format) which carry
them. Students may want to contact vendors for more information.
Links to their websites are given if available. The list of items
may stimulate discussions about how many different types of items
have been invented to help conserve water and how many of them
the public may not even realize exist such as an electric incinerating
Look at the Conservation
which shows benchmarks of water use with and without conservation
for typical home water uses. Have students do a water audit for
their daily use of water to see how much they use. Have them find
out if their home has water saving devices. http://www.epa.gov/OW-OWM.html/water-efficiency/wave0319/fig-a1.htm
What are they and what does this rating mean? Check out the washing
machine calculator and dishwasher
calculator to see what your water savings could be.
Look into water audits and ways businesses can audit their use,
retrofit costs, and savings. (WAVE software) Prepare graphs to
illustrate water saving through conservation, xeriscaping or water
saving devices. Prepare presentations using information. WAVEsaver
Can be used by commercial businesses or schools to input small
data set and see water use and what the use would be after retrofit
with water saving devices. See the savings for water and sewer
use. Default values are available if there is no data for the
facility. Students could offer to do the calulations for a business
or their school.
PDF Wavesaver Software file http://www.epa.gov/owm/pdfs/wavesaver.pdf
Help xeriscape a portion of your school yeard. Use Water
Efficient Landscape Planner - free software to help you plan
a water efficient landscape. Covers guidelines and suggestions
to select the most appropriate plants. Is available in Spanish
a Water-Wise Landscape provides a brief, easy to understand
outline on how to create a landscape which will conserve water.
Students can use this information to help parents, schools or
local businesses plan their planting for water efficiency.
List of References
to water sites.
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Prepare brochures, create posters, write articles or letters.
Discuss what students can do to help make others more aware of
the problem, the need to conserve and possible solutions/efforts
which can be part of the solution. Perhaps they might arrange
a visit with another class, another school, or business owners
to make a presentation of their finding using a PowerPoint show.
Use some of the tips included in 100
Ways to Save Water - Tips on saving water or 50
Ways to Do Your Part to create your brochures or presentations.
Prepare surveys of water use to distribute to parents, schools,
and businesses so they can evaluate and/or calculate water use.
Target businesses might be hotels in tourist areas.
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Waster Challenge has a mathematical challenge for students
for teachers with information on NCTM standards.The "Water
Waster " challenge requires that children work with the number
and operations content strand of mathematics. They will need to
subtract to find the savings gained by hand washing dishes, then
multiply (or add repeatedly) that savings by the number of times
dishes are washed during the weekend. Figuring out how many washings
and teeth brushings will occur requires good number sense and
computation skills. The challenge is just complicated enough so
that the children need to do some careful thinking about the total
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