An Article by Joshua Ouvreloeil -
6th Grade Student
The shortage of water in the world, and especially in California, is a factor that affects almost every single moment in our lives. Yet, this shortage is a good thing, in a way. It teaches us all to be very mindful, and to not take these important things, like water, for granted. Because of the drought, producing food is much more difficult. Farmers need to be conscientious about how they irrigate their fields. Species of animals are on the brink of extinction, and habitats have been affected.
Even though we voted to pass a $7.5 billion water bond to fund multiple projects, these types of things are not enough. There are many things parents and children alike can do to save the drop. By turning off the water when scrubbing dishes and pots, washing clothes in only full loads, cleaning a driveway with a broom, not a hose, and installing low flow shower-heads you can make a difference. These are only a few ways. Some easier options are turning off the water when brushing teeth and making sure to take 5 minute showers. As you can see, water can be saved! It just takes these good ideas and commitment. There are even more options on websites like wateruseitwisely.com, www.loudonwater.org, or www3.epa.gov.
Saving water can also provide growth experiences. You and your family can all join together and take part in challenges, like who can go the longest without forgetting to turn off the water when brushing, and more. Plus, kids get feelings of responsibility, and the prize that is saving the world.
This commitment has even more benefits. If you discover and fix a leak, you can save up to 10,000 gallons per year, and 10 percent off your next water bill. An easy way to be sure is to put a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank, wait 15 minutes, and then look into the bowl. If it has food coloring, your toilet is wasting water.
Here at MBMS, we have many things being done in regard to water conservation. Some of these include using recyled water for irrigation and having special "push" sinks in the bathrooms.
Saving water and the Earth is not as hard when you have access to these ways to do it. Every single thing you do makes a great difference. By replacing an old washer, you save around 6,000 gallons per year. By going from a 2.5 gpm shower-head to a 2.0 gpm, you can save around 2,900 gallons. Lastly, by turning off the water when brushing, you can save 8 gallons every day. This can be more than 200 gallons a month. These statistics truly show how important water is. They also show how beneficial to the Earth we can all be by saving our most important resource.