Did you know?
The average household in Albemarle useds 3,000 gallons of water per month. With a growing population, freshwater will soon be hard to come by. EPA estimates that 36 states will face water shortages by 2013. National Geographic estimates that 1.8 billion people will be living in places with water scarcity by 2025.
You can help stop this freshwater crisis by doing little things to save gallons of water each day.
Do your part. Conserve water.
Why Conserve Water?
It Saves Money - According to EPA calculations, installing new water-saving toilets in a household of 4 people will save up to 16,000 gallons (two swimming pools!) of water in a year. This can save up to $99 on utility bills!
It Saves Energy - American water treatment facilities use enough electricity to power 5 million homes a year. The less water you use, the more energy you save!
It Saves Freshwater - Less than 3% of the Earth's water is freshwater, and 68.6% of that is frozen in glaciers and icecaps. Only about 0.007% of all water on Earth is found in rivers and lakes and supplies surface water for human use.
ACPS' Water Conservation Goals
- All faucets will have aerators.
- Water conservation stickers will be put in all of the bathrooms to remind everyone to use water wisely.
- There will be regular checks for leaky sinks, toilets, and drinking fountains.
How to Conserve Water at School
- Report any leaky toilets, faucets, or drinking fountains
- Turn off the sink while soaping up your hands
- Do not let the tap run for a long time
- If you see a faucet that is dripping, turn it off
- Install faucet aerators
- Mulch gardens to retain water
- Install rainwater tanks, and use the water collected
- Avoid sprinkler runoff - make sure the water falls on grass or gardens
- Replace plants that need a lot of water with native plants
- Water school lawn when it is cool and evaporation is low (morning or evening)
- Use a broom instead of a hose to clean sidewalks and driveways
How to Conserve Water at Home
Students can refer to Water Conservation at Home for additional ideas on conserving water.