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Destin Erickson
Grade 5, Lynnhurst School, Saugus
Mrs. Lynn Callahan, Teacher


Save That Water, Every Single Drop!

Many people think that we need a lot of people to save water but really it can start with only one person.  If you start using less water right now your future kids will see you saving water and it will teach them to do the same thing.  They will teach their kids and it will keep going until the whole world will be saving water.

Did you know you can save water by recycling paper?  If you recycle one ton of paper you can save seven thousand gallons of water.  Did you know Americans throw away forty million tons of paper each year?  That is 280 thousand gallons of water we can save each year!  Just think you can save water by recycling paper. That is pretty cool.

Here are ways to save water just in the bathroom.  If you need to take a bath, fill the bathtub half full and you can save ten to fifteen gallons of water each time you take a bath.  In the shower you should have a low flow showerhead.  They are inexpensive and save water.  If you have one already, you are saving five hundred and fifty gallons of water each week and the cost of your water bill will go down.  Another way to save water in the shower is turning the water off while you soap up.  You can save an additional fifty gallons per week just by turning the water off between soaping up and rinsing off. I’ll bet that you did not know that you can save one thousand gallons of water per month if you limit yourself to only five minutes in the shower. 

I am sure you leave the water running while you brush your teeth.  If you shut off the water you will save three gallons of water each time you brush your teeth.  If you do this for a year, you save one thousand gallons of clean water down the drain each year.

As we move into the kitchen, you can save some water by only running the dishwasher when it is completely full.  You can save four hundred gallons of water each month.  Most people just put in a few dishes.  Go for it!  Only put in full loads!  Fixing leaks is another way to save water and can save thousands of gallons of water per year.

Not many people still do it anymore but, have you ever seen someone spraying their driveway or sidewalk with a hose?  That is a big waste of water.  Just use a broom.  It will save eighty gallons of water each time.  You can also buy plants that only need low amounts of water and save around five hundred gallons of water each year.

Now, if you were paying attention to what I wrote, you could probably save thousands and thousands of gallons of water each year.  So, saving water does not have to start with a lot of people. It can start with one person.  Now get out there and SAVE THAT WATER EVERY SINGLE DROP!

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