World Water Day 2012

22 03 2012

Water is the most basis requirement for life. It is something that, in many countries, take for granted.

World Water Day was created in 1993 and has taken place on March 22nd every year since.  On this day, people are encouraged to not use, or use as little as possible, their home water supplies.

Every year since World Water Day began, they have centered the day around a certain topic. This year they have chosen to use:

 Water and Food Security: The World is Thirsty Because We are Hungry.

All of your everyday activities use water whether that is for drinking, cooking or washing but mostly it is used for producing food, paper, clothes, etc.

There is a large amount of water required to produce the food that we eat everyday, more than you might think. It is recommended that you drink between 2 and 2.5 Liters of water a day. However it takes 15,000 liters to create 1kg of beef.

Water is a renewable source but we do not have an infinite amount of it.

Here is an example list of just how much water you may use daily.
1. Slice of Bread :40 Litres
2. Bag of Potato Chips:185 Litres
3. Portion of Olives:250 Litres
4. Beef Steak: 7000 Litres
5. Apple:70 Litres
6. Cup of Tea:35 Litres
7. Tomato: 13 Litres
8. Glass of Apple Juice: 190 Litres
9. Potato: 25 Litres
10. Serving of Lettuce: 13 Litres
11. Hamburger: 2400 Litres
12. Glass of Milk:200 Litres
13. Cup of Coffee: 1 40 Litres
14. Egg:135 Litres
Total:10726 Litre

So for one day, why not try keeping your water usage low and conserve water.





Water Use Calculator

19 07 2010

Even with the recent rains, water conservation remains an important issue for all Austinites. How much water could you save if you cut your shower short a few minutes? Or ran a full dishwasher instead of washing dishes by hand? Find out with the City of Austin’s Water Use Calculator! Then make a pledge to cut your water use by 10% and help conserve water in our community.





Think tap before grabbing the plastic bottle

1 10 2009

bottled water

 Water bottles seem harmless and easy to grab when you’re on the go. But did you know a lot of energy and fossil fuels were used to produce those water bottles? A lot of water bottles end up in landfills and pollute the earth.

The United States consumes more bottled water than any other country in the world! Ouch. You can start making a difference now and help create a cleaner, greener planet!

What you can do:

  • Find a sturdy, reusable water bottle that you can refill instead of buying a new water bottle every time. Stainless steel bottles last a long time, and a lot of these bottles come with cool designs and colors to choose! Have a parent check first to make sure it’s a good, safe brand.

 

 

  • When you’re at home, try to pour yourself a glass of water from the faucet instead of using a water bottle. American tap water is fairly clean due to regulations made by your local government.

 

  • If you’re still worried that tap water isn’t clean enough, ask your family to install a water filter. One water filter saves more energy than to  continuously purchase water bottles for the rest of your life.

 

  • Don’t forget to turn the faucet off when you’re done! And tell mom and dad immediately if there’s a leaky faucet—all those drops of water that get wasted add up!

 

  • atlasbathHere are some additional helpful links:

National Geographic for Kids- “Drinking Water: Bottled or From the Tap?”

Drinktap.org – Kids Page (this is where I found out that one drop every second from a leaky faucet wastes 2,400 gallons of water in a year—that’s about 30 bathtubs!)

Water conservation games and activities for families

PBS Kids – Meet the Greens (this is a fun site about looking after the planet, plus it has cool episodes to watch and activities to try!)








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