Subject Earth Science Environmental Science

Question

Water Usage and Conservation Exercise

Locate a dripping water faucet (or set a faucet to drip). Collect the water that drips from the faucet over a selected period of time (in a container sufficient to hold the water). Calculate the amount of water (in gallons) lost per unit time. Calculate how much water would be lost in one year from this drip.

Determine the cost of water per thousand gallons of water (from local water board or a water bill). Calculate the cost of the drip per year from the information you have.

Determine the amount and cost of the water you use in taking your shower regularly. You will need to set the shower faucet as you normally do; record the time in minutes it takes you to shower; determine the amount of water used (by catching it and measuring it somehow) in one minute; and then calculate the savings per year using the procedure outlined above for the dripping faucet.

Lastly you are to measure the amount of water used by taking your regular shower and comparing it with the amount of water consumed in taking a “military shower” (alternately turn the water off and on to save as much water as you can).

Calculate the cost of water for one year to take your regular shower versus a military shower.

Now write a 2-page paper (1" margins, 12 point font, double spaced) on your experience doing this activity. Also include the log of all of the data that you collected and the calculations; be complete as possible (this list is not part of the 2 page paper!)

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When I conducted the drip and shower activities, I knew that the exercises were meant as tests on water conservation. However, I did not realize the amount of money a home owner could save by eliminating the number of dripping faucets and reducing the amount of time used for showers. When conducting the drip experiment, I set the faucet to drip at approximately one drip per second. In a six minute interval, the faucet dripped four ounces of water....

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