By : Crystal Oudie - FACTS - Over 185 miles in - Supplies 1.6 length million people Only freshwater - The only natural available for us in aquifer in Texas Bexar county Fulfills all are - Home to many daily needs that animals involves water ex. bathing, drinking…, It is believed that the water demand will double by the year 2030 Other organisms besides man depends on water whether they live in it or on land A decrease in water is followed by a decrease in life Start conserving now, then we’ll be prepared for the future Recycled water Leaks Water restrictions Low-flow Easy reminders Recycled water is a process that the water we use on bathing water, toilet water or water we wash with is cleansed at a recycling plant so that it is usable again. ~ Large lawns and fields can use recycled water ~ Remove weeds so water is saved for wanted vegetation ~ Install timers when watering grass (avoid ~ Put mulch or hydrotain runoff) around plants to reduce evaporation loss in the moisture from the soil ~ Water yard when needed ~ Do not water on windy days Droughts What are they? A drought is a long time period in which no rain falls, especially during planting seasons. They have been known to last over 100 days Water restrictions STAGE 1 (650 ft.) - Try to reduce water consumption the best you can - Washing parking lots, driveways, etc. is prohibited - You can only water you’re lawn the day you’re suppose to and between 8 a.m. & 10 p.m. STAGE 2 (640 ft.) - All stage 1 rules apply - Can’t fill up pools unless 30% is from another source - Wash your car twice a month and if at home, on grass on your watering day Daily Tips Simple reminders for easy water saving Take shorter showers. Baths = 50 gallons Showers = 20 gallons Fill up dishwasher & washing machine before using Turn off any faucets & showers left on Don’t use running water to melt ice or frozen foods Wash cars less often Leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water yearly if you never get them fixed whether it be from the shower or the sink. Some ways to fix this problem is: - Check if the screws are loose, if so tighten them - If you’re having trouble or don’t have a clue on what to do, just call a plumber Low-flow • Low-flow uses less water for toilets, showerheads, and aerators for faucets • How can toilets save water: 1) install dams and bottles 2) adjust the vacuum flush mechanism 3) flush less often (save 3 million gallons worldwide) . Low-flow showerheads use 2.5 gallons per min. (5 min = 12.5 gallons) FACT Old toilets use 3.5-7 gallons per flush Low-flow toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush Does low flow really work? An experiment took place using a low-flow water faucet and a regular one. We timed, using each one, on how long it would take for a gallon of water to fill up. The outcome…you’ll see. Regular sink Low-flow piece sink piece Time (seconds) 13 44 to fill up a gallon 45 40 35 30 25 Time (sec.) 20 Time (sec.) 15 10 5 0 low-flow regular Regular As you can see, the outcome of using a low- flow aerator does make a pretty obvious difference. It took the low-flow aerator 31 more seconds to fill up the jug. Imagine how much water you’d save if you started using low- flow devices. Consequences - Freshwater supply will decrease until gone - We’ll have to use recycled water, other sources or even salt water - More work involved in getting water - Higher water bills On the bright side... -- A protected environment -- Survival of future generations -- Feel confident and good about yourself -- WATER BILL DECREASES! Remember, your responsibility Is to practice keeping an Abundant water supply!!!
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