Ryan Harms Water Conservation Project

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Ryan Harms Water Conservation Project

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

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