One of the basic necessities of life, clean, safe drinking water is often taken for granted by most American citizens.
People do not usually realize exactly how much water they use in a typical day. Brushing your teeth, watering the lawn, taking a shower—the gallons all add up. If students become more conscientious of their water use, the student body could potentially save millions of gallons of water a year.
Eleanor Frost, a sophomore at Chaminade, has “cut down [her] water use by taking shorter showers, turning off the faucet when it is not being used, and skipping a cycle of watering the lawn.” All these little things add up to not only save thousands of gallons of water, but also a large household water and power bill.
Gaby de la Roca, a senior, has her family only water “the lawn at night. If you sprinkle the lawn during the day, the water will evaporate.” If the sprinklers are turned on purely at night, the water will be on less frequently. Again, this will save money and thousands of gallons.
The statistics are truly astounding: if you shorten your shower by two minutes you can save up to 150 gallons per month. If you turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
Every year, millions of people die from dehydration. If these daily acts can be incorporated into a routine structure, the Chaminade campus can help save those who are in need of basic essentials.