Friday Five 1 - April 13th

United States
April 14, 2007 6:02pm CST
March 22 was World Water Day ( http://www.worldwaterday.org ) 1. How much water does your household use in a day? (You can use this calculator: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/629/629/5086298.stm to figure it out.) 2. How much do you think about or are aware of your water use and saving water on a daily basis? 3. Do you have any water-saving devices in your household (e.g. brick in toilet, water-saving shower head, etc.)? 4. What do you actively do to conserve water (e.g. turn water off while brushing teeth, take quicker showers, flush less)? 5. How available is water in your area? Are there ever any water shortages? Where does your water come from?
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
15 Apr 07
1. How much water does your household use in a day? (You can use this calculator: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/h... to figure it out.) Okay, so this was probably a very rough estimate, and I may be way off...but this is what is said. My household uses 996 liters per day(that is 199 buckets). Each person uses 111 liters per day, but we are better than an average person in Britain. Each person there uses 155 liters per day. Man, I think that we use a lot of water a day. But, again...this is just an estimate. LOL :) I will attach a picture of my results so that you can see where the water is used the most. :D 2. How much do you think about or are aware of your water use and saving water on a daily basis? I think about how much water we are using daily. When ever someone is getting a drink, or keeps flushing the toilet...I think about it. So, I am aware of trying to save on how much water everyone uses. 3. Do you have any water-saving devices in your household (e.g. brick in toilet, water-saving shower head, etc.)? Brick in the toilet? What is that? I think that we have a water-saving shower head, and it definitely helps if we do because there are nine of us! And, that does not include the three dogs that need a bath. :) 4. What do you actively do to conserve water (e.g. turn water off while brushing teeth, take quicker showers, flush less)? Since we were little, we were taught to turn off the water when we are brushing our teeth. So, since I knew that growing up I do turn off the water when brushing my teeth. Of course we all try to take quick showers...try to get it done in five minutes! Hasn't every one heard the saying: If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down.....Just kidding! :) Everyone in our house flushes the toilet when they are done!!! 5. How available is water in your area? Are there ever any water shortages? Where does your water come from? I think that water is as available as it can be in our area. There has never been any water shortages, and we have never had to worry about if there was every going to be. :) Thanks for the interesting Friday Fives. I was wondering if I missed them or they didn't notify me! LOL :)
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Water Usage Results - My Water Usage Results...do you think that we flush the toilet to much?? LOL :)
You know what I forgot to do? Everyone forgets when they say that they will! LOL Yes...I forgot to post the picture.:) Here you go!!:D
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@Fishmomma (11423)
• United States
15 Apr 07
1. How much water does your household use in a day? (You can use this calculator: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/h... to figure it out.) 204 litres a day that is 41 buckets 2. How much do you think about or are aware of your water use and saving water on a daily basis? We have to conserve water in this area and there are commercials that run regularly. 3. Do you have any water-saving devices in your household (e.g. brick in toilet, water-saving shower head, etc.)? We have a brick in the toilet and a water saving shower head. 4. What do you actively do to conserve water (e.g. turn water off while brushing teeth, take quicker showers, flush less)? We take short showers and turn water off while brushing. Also have a water cooler, so don't have to run the tap to make it cold, as my home drinks bottled water only. 5. How available is water in your area? Are there ever any water shortages? Where does your water come from? We have a water shortage, as this area isn't getting enough rain. State Water Project was passed in 1960 and our water comes from 22 dams and reservoirs, a Delta pumping plant, a 444-mile-long aqueduct that carries water from the Delta through the San Joaquin Valley to southern California. The project is operated by the California Department of Water Resources. Some of our water is groundwater about 30 percent in normal years and and up to 60 percent in drought years. Groundwater fills pores (spaces) between sand, gravel, silt and clay in water-bearing formations known as aquifers.
• United States
15 Apr 07
Okay what's the brick in the water? Is that just a regular brick you put in the tank? Please tell us :)
@Fishmomma (11423)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Its a regular brick and all school children in this area are given a brick to take home for every toilet in the house. I was so shocked when my daughter brought home the letter letting me know I would have to pick her up from school, as she would have 2 bricks. We live 1/2 mile from school, so decided to drive that day.
@Stiletto (4584)
15 Apr 07
1. I used the calculator and it came out at 95 litres (I live alone) so am fairly pleased with myself! 2. I do think I'm aware of my water usage. I really make an effort not to leave taps running more than necessary, etc. 3. I don't have any water-saving devices installed 4. I shower instead of using the bath (although I usually bathe once a week) and I'm in the shower only for a very short time. I don't leave the tap running when brushing my teeth. 5. There has never been any water shortages in my area although from time to time it has been a close call. The town I live in is surrounded by hills and my water comes from a reservoir in the hills. I live in Scotland which is not usually short of rain! This is a really interesting, useful discussion. Thanks for starting it.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
15 Apr 07
1. How much water does your household use in a day? This is a rough estimate because it is really hard to figure out how many times a day each person flushes and washing hands. 1,172 liters which is 234 buckets! Wow! A day!!! 2. How much do you think about or are aware of your water use and saving water on a daily basis? I try to be sure that my children are aware of wasting water. For that reason, showers instead of baths and they turn off the water while brushing. 3. Do you have any water-saving devices in your household (e.g. brick in toilet, water-saving shower head, etc.)? We have water saving toilets that reduce the amount of water in the tank and a water saving dish washer. 4. What do you actively do to conserve water (e.g. turn water off while brushing teeth, take quicker showers, flush less)? Turn off water while brushing, make sure all leaks are taken care of, showers are kept short, no baths as they take more water also. 5. How available is water in your area? Are there ever any water shortages? Where does your water come from? Water comes from city. And we conserve water during summer because Oklahoma has been in a drought. This has been very interesting and educational! Thanks!
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