Australia is one of the driest continents on earth, and yet we are one of the highest consumers of water per person. Find out what you can do to save and reuse water in your school.
Collect excess water and use it wisely
Place ice cream containers under school water fountains and use excess water in the garden.
If not using the tap, turn it off
Turn the tap off as soon as you've washed your hands. Put signs near the basins to remind students to do the same.
Get someone to fix any leaking taps, water fountains or toilets as soon as they are reported. Make it a classroom activity to check for leaks regularly.
Use a container to wash your brushes
Wash paint brushes in a bucket or ice cream container, rather than under a running tap.
Use a refillable water bottle
Bring a water bottle to school. At the end of the day, any leftover water can be poured onto the garden.
Talk to others about water
Raise awareness of the importance of water by creating colourful posters on water use and water saving. You can even start your own water saving team.
Install aerators on taps
Talk to your maintenance coordinator about installing or fitting the taps in your school with aerators. Aerators reduce the amount of water flowing from the tap by up to 50%, while maintaining the pressure.
Install rainwater tanks
Talk to your principal, maintenance coordinator and school council about installing rainwater tanks. Once installed, you can connect the tanks to your toilets or use the water for your school gardens or vegie patch.
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Caring About Our Environment Essay
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Caring About Our Environment
Improving and maintaining the earth’s environment is becoming a more important task every day of our lives. Due to ignorance and frequent carelessness, this important task is quickly becoming a critical one. For this reason, I took it upon myself to construct a strategic plan to enlighten my peers to the problems of our environment. I did this in hopes that it would encourage everyone to act responsibly towards improving and maintaining the environment. With ongoing threats to the earth’s water supply, atmosphere, and surface, I found it necessary to devise a method of environmental enlightenment. I plan to apply this method at my place of academic study, The University. If supported by the faculty…show more content…
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