Groundwater is underground water found in the spaces between soil particles and rocks and in cracks of the bedrock. There are two main layers of groundwater under us, one is the surfical aquifer and the other is the Floridian aquifer and less than 1% of the surfical aquifer is used by people. Ground water discharges into springs and rivers which is part of the water cycle. It also discharges into wells where it is pumped through the distribution system to a house.
Water gets used in a variety of ways in America. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, water gets used 48% in power generators, 34% in irrigation, 11% in public supply (water used in homes, business, and industries) and 7% in industrial users, livestock, mining, aquaculture and domestic wells put together.
The United States must continue to try to conserve water because so many people depend on it in such simple ways such as boaters, water skiers, wind surfers, campers, fishermen, hunters, birdwatchers, nature lovers photographers, snorkelers and scuba divers, people with water front property, children, picnickers, hikers, tourism companies, water sports businesses, and many more. Water gets used in so many ways that the United States needs to continue conserving it.
Wet land could recedeIncrease of water could impact lakes, springs, and wetlands and these have valuable natural recourses that depend on the ground waterLake levels could dropSpring flow could stop or slow down
The United States could run out of water and either people would drink unsanitary water or people could be living in a drought which can cause death.Animals habitats can dry up and they would have no water to drink.
There are so many things that take such little effort that would help the United States conserve water by a lot! One is that everyone should get your faucet fixed if it is dripping because one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water each year. Another is by turning off the water when brushing your teeth which can save up to 8 gallons of water a day. A common one is the average washing machine uses about 41 gallons of water, by saving more water when doing laundry, make sure it is a full load and that the clothes are actually dirty, not just something that was thrown on for a little. If you are a bath person, make sure that right when the water is turned on the drain is in because an average bath takes about 70 gallons of water. People can even try and shorten their showers because a five minute shower already uses 10-25 gallons of water. Lastly, an average single family house uses at least 30% of their water outdoors for irrigation. To conserve water when watering a lawn, water it in the morning or after dark and not when it is windy. American’s will use 30% less water than they would if they watered in the middle of the day when evaporation is higher.
For our creativity piece we made a few things. First we made a survey and sent it out to the whole middle school. Our survey had 9 questions. Each question was about how you and your family use water. Then while the survey was sent out we spent time creating signs of ways to help conserve water and hung them all around the middle school. When we got our results back from the survey we counted out our data from each class. For each class we made a bar graph showing the way students use their water.
WATER USAGE<br />Alli Butler & Casey Hyken<br />
Where does water come from?<br /> Most of the water in the United States is groundwater. <br />
How do we use water?<br />According to the U.S. Geological Survey, water gets used <br />48% in power generators, 34% in irrigation<br />11% in public supply (water used in homes, business, and industries)<br /> 7% in industrial users, livestock, mining, aquaculture and domestic wells put together. <br />
What does America need to learn?<br /> America needs to learn how to use water resources properly in order to conserve and prevent droughts and any other sort of danger for habitats and living species. <br />