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  • 1. Comenius Multilateral School Partnership:Comenius Multilateral School Partnership: WaterborneWaterborne IdentitiesIdentities Katharina Tancré, Gymnasium am Wall VerdenKatharina Tancré, Gymnasium am Wall Verden
  • 2. Structure I. Water As A Resource II. The Problem III. Conserving Water IV. Personal Water Consumption V. Family Water Consumption VI. Knowledge on Water Consumption VII. How Can I Conserve Water? VIII. Sources
  • 3. Water As A Resource ● Although around 70% of planet Earth's surface is covered in water, 97.5% of this water is salt water not safe for human consumption → only 2.5% of the water found on our planet is fresh water ● However, most of this fresh water is either groundwater that cannot be accessed or frozen in icecaps (e.g. in Antarctica or Greenland) → This leaves only 1% fresh water that we can directly access
  • 4. Water As A Resource ● For many, water is a scarce resource. Nearly 1 billion people all around the world do not have access to clean drinkable water ● Especially people in developing countries with physical or economic water scarcity have to suffer from water shortages on a daily basis
  • 5. The Problem ● Our planet's population is increasing rapidly → more demand for water ● Not every country has efficient wastewater treatment plants which means wastewater can contaminate fresh water supplies – A lot of water used in households, agriculture, factories, etc., is contaminated and can cause severe illnesses when ingested
  • 6. Conserving Water ● Fortunately many countries in Northern Europe are not affected by water scarcity, although this adds to the misconception that we do not need to conserve water since we seem to have plenty of it ● Saving water in Europe might not be beneficial for those suffering in Africa, Latin America or Asia, but: – You can save money in the longterm – You can help save energy needed to filter and purify water in wastewater treatment plants ● Apart from using less water, you can also look into the amounts of water needed to produce the foods you consume → up to 21.000 litres of water are needed to produce one kilogram of roasted coffee beans
  • 7. Personal Water Comsumption In order to determine the amount of water I personally use on a daily basis, I wrote down how many times I washed my hands, took a shower or generally used water for a couple of days: Water used (in litres) Frequency of activity Showering 100 litres for 10 Minutes Daily→ 700 litres per week Washing hands Up to 2 litres Up to seven times a day → 98 litres each week Brushing teeth 0.5 litres Two times a day → 7 litres each week Drinking water 2.5 litres each day (mostly bottled water) Around 17.5 litres each week Washing face Up to 4 litres Two times a day → 56 litres each week
  • 8. Personal Water Consumption I've always assumed I did not use too much water, however, my weekly water consumption of at least 878.5 litres proved me wrong. I am frankly quite shocked and thought about ways to reduce the amount of water I use. ● I could shower 5 Minutes instead of 10 → reduce the amount of water needed by half ● Use less water while washing my face
  • 9. Family Water Consumption I also estimated how much water my family uses for doing daily chores such as doing the dishes or laundry. Surprisingly, we would save a lot of water if we used the dishwasher instead of doing the dishes by hand Water used (in litres) Frequency of activity Doing the laundry Around 70 litres At least twice a week → 140 litres each week Doing the dishes (manually) 30 litres Once a day → 210 litres each week Dishwasher 15 litres 3 times a week → 30 litres
  • 10. Knowledge On Water Consumption ● Where does the water I consume come from? Most of the water in Verden is groundwater that has been extracted from an aquifer. ● What happens with my wastewater? Wastewater travels through sewage lines to a wastewater treatment plant where the water is purified and sterilized.
  • 11. How Can I Conserve Water? ● Turn off your faucet while brushing your teeth, washing food or doing the dishes ● Install water-efficient shower heads and faucets ● Take shorter showers ● Use the dishwasher and washing machine only for full loads
  • 12. Sources  http://www.un.org/waterforlifedecade/scarcity.shtml  http://sustainability.about.com/od/Sustainability/a/Why-Save-Water  http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange2/current/lectures  http://thewaterproject.org/  http://www.tag-des-wassers.com/vier-mythen---wasserverbrauch/in (German source)  http://www.zeit.de/wirtschaft/2012-04/wassersparen-verbrauch-rep (German source)  http://www.ifad.org/english/water/key.htm  http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/FIELD/Ve nice/pdf/special_events/bozza_scheda_DOW04_1.0.pdf

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