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A Teacher's Guide to Rainwater Harvesting on Campus


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JL
- 509 days ago - spawnusa.org
BACKGROUND ~ Why Each Drop Counts! *Global population growth, pollution and climate change are all accelerating and clean,freshwater is becoming increasingly limited in supply. Reducing our water footprint is necessary for our survival!



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JL A. (275)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:21 pm
A sampling of contents:

BACKGROUND
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Why Each Drop Counts!
*Global population growth, pollution and climate change are all accelerating and clean,freshwater is becoming increasingly limited in supply.Reducing our water footprint is necessary for our survival!
*Enormous volumes of water are lost each winter as rain pours off our roofs and other impermeable surfaces into storm drains. And, during the hot, dry summer months 30-50% of our water use goes
to irrigating our landscapes!So we can tap into a winter resource (storm water) to meet part of our summer irrigation needs!
* As we send this water down storm drains we interfere with the natural Hydrologic cycle:instead of feeding the cycle by allowing water to infiltrate into the ground, we deprive it. This results in dehydration of the soil and the water table. Working to keep the water on your property and in the ground helps create more resilient terrestrial and the stream ecosystems.
* Creek health is also impacted by unnaturally high water flows, which cause erosion and carry
pollutants from parking lots, streets and yards.

* Harvesting rainwater can contribute to flood mitigation on both a large scale and on an
individual property, as well as decrease the energy required to pump, treat and supply water.
* The more rainwater we can harvest, the less we have to rely on water coming to us from unsustainable sources (i.e.; an energy-intensive desalinization plant, or distant watersheds).
DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL PROJECTS
School campuses, and especially food or pollinator gardens on campus, are great locations to create rainwater harvesting projects.
Parent and student participation in fun, outdoor and sustainability
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focused projects is relatively easy to secure.
Campus projects are also highly visible and serve as model projects for thousands of students, parents and teachers together.
Check these successful School Rainwater Harvesting Projects out!
Read their stories at the links provided...
 

Connie O. (42)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:23 pm
an important issue...thanks.
 

Kit B. (277)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:26 pm

We can also recycle our water. What is taken for drink but used as bath water or sink water for cleaning, each flush can be recycled, and used for gardens. Great article. We so need to be thinking about water.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:59 pm
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Warning: check for local ordinances before implementing the ideas since some jurisdictions do limit or prohibit some types of water recycling/storage.
 

Terry V. (30)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:53 pm
I collect rain water from my gutters for my gardens in the non winter months.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:35 pm
Excellent example Terry! You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:41 pm
Good article, thx Jl- and I do hope that MOST have been saving water already best they can, there ARE plenty ways for sure! Teach your kids to never leave the tap open and water running when brushing their teeth!
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 8:48 pm
You are welcome Angelika. That is a good reminder, too! Also, to use a bucket instead of hose for watering plants to use less. You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:49 am
If people grew gardens instead of lawns it would cut down on fertilizers and water usage. It would also contribute to increasing the oxygen levels and quality of life. The birds love gardens; an added bonus.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:52 am
In parts of the US one has to be careful about collecting rain water. You could get arrested for it like that gentleman in Oregon.
 

Dale O. (193)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:00 am
Interesting and important topic.
 

Laurel Rohrer (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:02 am
Thank you.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 8:10 am
You are welcome Laurel.
 
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