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Water Usage Lab

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Introduction

On Tuesday, November 23rd, Rob, Matt, and Myself began working on our Water Usage Lab. This lab covered four sections: An Apple experiment done in class, a study of how wet our planet is, a study of water on the Rufus King Property, and the amount of water a person consumes over a period of time. Some Scientists believe that the water currently on earth is all us humans will ever see. Therefore, it is imperative that we preserve our freshwater and work to keep all water as clean as possible. Everyday, people waste water and all of our activities harm waters' quality through all the pollutants that are put into it. Currently, we are limited to a very small supply of freshwater lakes, so basically we need to be careful, not wasteful. Introduction The earth, or water planet, has between 2/3 and 3/4 of its surface covered in water. Our water comes in all different shapes and sizes. All over the world, you can find rivers, ponds, lakes, oceans, icecaps, even moisture in the clouds overhead. ...read more.

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Once rainfall falls upon the surface, it moves both laterally outward and vertically downward. The Lateral Movement is another name for run off. Runoff causes the water to run/return to streams, rivers, lakes, etc. On certain surfaces, the water just flows right down into the ground and seeps into the soil and porous rock, which recharges the groundwater supply. Through runoff, many chemicals, pollutants, bacteria, and other hazardous things find their way into the water, which can harm the quality of life and water itself, for that matter. After finding its way back to the water source, the toxins begin harming our ecosystem. It is responsible for erosion, transportation, and deposition of sediments scoured from the land's surface. Many people prepare for this to happen. Through urban development, man has become accustom to always having a steady flow of water. Nowadays, the average American uses 150 gallons of water everyday! People can get these water sources from just about anywhere; rivers, lakes, wells, etc. No human can go without water for more than a few weeks, but it just seems w/ the limited amount of freshwater, man abuses the privilege of having such a habitably environment to live in. ...read more.

Conclusion

From our class results, we use an average of 74.74 gallons of water each day per person per household. Within my household, we use only 69.4 gallons per person per day. Even though water comes relatively cheap at $0.002 a gallon, to say the least, that average is way down from America's average of 150 gallons per person. You have to understand, certain people have certain needs depending on their climate, surrounds, personal preference, and it's availability. However, as low as our average was, don't you think 74.74 gallons A DAY is still far too much? I do! If what the scientist say is true, we may not always have such a free-flowing water source. Even if we don't used up the water we have, we are constantly making it less and less usable. Humans don't need all the resources we consume. As much as they may perk up your life, they harm our ecosystem something terribly; our water being on of the elements suffering the worst blow. Rainfall and Runoff constantly picks up pollutants that bring water quality way down. Regardless, if we wreck it or waste it, we wont have it either way if we continue. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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