Water covers about 70 percent of the Earth. But the vast majority of Earth's water is found in the oceans, too salty to drink and unfit for many other applications. Of the fresh water on Earth, about two-thirds is frozen in ice caps and glaciers, which leaves less than 1 percent accessible for human use.
Fresh, clean water is one of the basic necessities of life. But in the United States and throughout the world, it is becoming a scarce resource. As weather patterns shift and temperatures rise due to global climate change, water conservation will only become more crucial.
What Can Schools Do About Water?
Basic water efficiency programs can reduce a school's water use by 30 percent or more. The Eco-Schools USA program can help schools to improve irrigation methods, reduce water runoff, consume fresh water as efficiently as possible, and reuse water to a greater extent.
Not only do these practices provide an opportunity for schools to conserve a precious resource, they can also save a significant amount of money. Additionally, implementing water conservation practices in a school fosters student achievement by transforming the school environment into a laboratory for hands-on learning.
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