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Welcome :) !

   Welcome to the webpage created to be 100% devoted to Water Conservation. Created by students at North Dade Middle School.
   
    Many people may  ask, " Why is It Important to save water?"  We're here to help answer this question.  Water is essential to life. Therefore, we need it to live a healthy life style, to have good hygiene, and to grow the plants that we need to eat.  We're also here to explain where we get our water and to give water saving tips that you may use to conserve water.


   


         
             
Where Does Our Water Come From?
            You would never believe the answer.  It is the place right beneath your feet; from the ground! Can you guess that our cities and towns are built on a very unique groundwater formation, called the Biscayne Aquifer?  This formation is composed of a very Interesting limestone rock.  Can you guess what this rock's uncommon talent is?  Hmmm... do you want me to tell you?  Do you really want me to tell you?  Okay, this rock is great at absorbing and releasing water.  Geologically speaking,  it is rapidly recharged!  Did you know that Miami-Dade County recieves ALL, and I mean ALL, of its water from the Biscayne Aquifer?
                           Protecting Our Water
        Protecting our one and only water source is very important for us to do. Why?  Because a special feature of the Biscayne Aquifer is that it is an "unconfined surficial aquifer." And get this, that means that underneath the very ground on which you walk is our drinking water source. So, whatever hits the ground will also seep down into the ground and into our drinking water.  Therefore, the next time you change the oil in your car or truck and think about dumping all the used oil on the ground nearby, stop and think, "Do I really want that in my drinking water?"
                          Helpful Tips
1. Reduce of Use! Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
2. Reduce the Use! Turn the faucet off when washing the dishes.
3. Fix It! Fix any leaky faucets or pipes.
4. Install It! Install  some low flow devices, such as a low flow shower head.   Installing low flow devices can reduce your water use by  50%. '
5. Install It! A low flow faucet aerator can save you up to 280 gallons per year! WOW!
6.Install It! Install a water heater. You can set the timer to turn on the heater to when you usually use hot water and turn it off when you don't.
7. Cut down! Come on people, I know, yes, I know that we love our hot showers, but they dont have to take 15 to 20 minutes. Just a five minute shower can use about 35 gallons of water,  so please keep it short! Start to time your showers and gradually work your way down. Thus, you will be helping save our water immensely.
8.Use It! Set yourwashing machine for small, medium, and large loads when your washing your clothes.
9. Adjust It! Do You know what i'm talking about? Oh, I think you do because you probably already noticed it. Yes, I am talking about how some of the sprinklers out there are so generous as to not only water your lawn, but also the house, sidewalk, and street! Okay it's good to be generous but it's also a 'wasted' effort. Why? Well, because the in doing so your wasting a titanic amount of water, that could have been saved.
10. Don't Use! Please, please, please, do not use a hose to clean your driveway! Your probably wondering, "hmmmm....but what would I use then?" Dun...duna...nun.. but of course... you can can use a broom! If you switch into using a broom instead of a hose you will surely be on the path to be a 'water savior'.
11. Wash It! You can, as they say " kill two birds with one stone" while doing this step. All you have to do 




This Conservation Page on Water was authored and created by
Herline Germain and Jazmine James
and is a work in progress.
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