Ryan Harms Water Conservation Project


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Ryan Harms Water Conservation Project

  1. 1. Ryan Harms’ Water Consumption in Alaska How living in a “dry” cabin saves money and resources.
  2. 2. Living without Running Water According to the American Water Works Association, the average American household consumes 69.7 gallons of water/person each day. * Source: The American Water Works Association
  3. 3. <ul><li>I set out to answer one simple question: </li></ul><ul><li>How much less water do I use than the “average” American household? </li></ul>I set out to answer one simple question: How much less water do I consume Than the “average” American Household?
  4. 4. Some Important Factors to Consider An “average” American household is assumed to have these amenities:
  5. 5. I live in a “dry” cabin… … and have none of these.
  6. 6. Average American Household Daily Per Capita Water Consumption by Gallons and Percentage <ul><li>Toilets---18.5 </li></ul><ul><li>Clothes Washers--15 </li></ul><ul><li>Showers---11.6 </li></ul><ul><li>Faucets---10.9 </li></ul><ul><li>Leaks---9.5 </li></ul><ul><li>Baths---1.2 </li></ul><ul><li>Dishwasers---1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Other Domestic Use---1.6 </li></ul>Source: American Water Works Association
  7. 7. You May Have Noticed Something About the Big 3 <ul><li>Toilets account for more than one quarter of all water used by the average American each day. That’s a lot of waste! </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine all the water that could be saved if everyone followed </li></ul><ul><li>“ if it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s brown, flush it down.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. My Personal Water Consumption Habits <ul><li>November 9-16, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Total water used: 49.5 gallons. </li></ul><ul><li>Leaves me wondering… </li></ul><ul><li>How is it possible that by average, every man, woman, and child in America consumes 69.7 gallons a day, when I do not consume that much water in a week? </li></ul><ul><li>What are people doing out there? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Possible Explanations for the High Average in America <ul><li>The average household resident is assumed to have the “amenities,” so is possibly not at all conscious of the amount of water they waste. </li></ul><ul><li>Many people live in water abundant places and simply don’t think of the cost associated with simple water services. </li></ul>
  10. 10. What I learned about water prices! <ul><li>Here in Healy, the minimum cost of having a well at your own home is approximately $6,000. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s likely to cost more than $10,000. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Aurora Drilling, Fairbanks. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Some Questions I’m Still Asking Myself <ul><li>How much does the average city dweller pay for city water services? </li></ul><ul><li>How many showers and loads of laundry could I get at Chevron for $10,000. </li></ul><ul><li>What is the dollar amount ascribed to one gallon of potable water, worldwide, if such a number exists? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thoughts for the Future <ul><li>Water conservation begins at home: there’s no time like right now to begin paying attention. </li></ul><ul><li>International efforts are being made to bring about greater awareness for the need to conserve water worldwide. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For more details. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Resources <ul><li>American Water Works Association </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.drinktap.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aurora Drilling. Fairbanks, AK. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(907) 456-6712 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Telephone Interview with customer Service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stockholm International Water Institute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.siwi.org/ </li></ul></ul>