As part of our introduction to the Water Explorer programme in August, we did an audit of how much water we use on a daily basis. Bridget from Water Explorer got us into groups and we had to guesstimate how much water we use everyday... We all underestimated and were shocked to find our the real figures like flushing a toilet takes at least 10litres so for one person for one day that is 60litres or so... Likewise if you have a full bath that is 100litres to get clean- thats crazy! We worked out that the average girl in our Grd 6 class uses about 250litres/day - way too much. We thought about ways we can reduce this and are committed to making those changes.
We then learned about Secret Water, the water in everything we use. It made us realise how important recycling and re-using is as we can save on water resources as well as energy too. We looked at the process of making paper and learned how water heavy a book of 100 pages needs 1000litres as it takes 10litres to make one page. Imagine how much water is in all of our text books... a scarey thought - tablets are a good idea! We are very glad for our paper recylcing efforts as we learned that by recycling paper we are reducing the water footprint by almost half! We then made our own paper using recycled paper and zebra dung. This really demonstrated to us that water is indeed in everything we use and eat!