Learning ResourcesRequired ReadingsThese sites are to be used in your primary research-based discussion post for calculating and understanding your water footprint:https://www.watercalculator.org/intro/?cid=824
Discussion: Water Scarcity, Pollution, and Management
Focus on Biogeochemical Cycles: Challenges and Solutions Personal Water Use
Have you ever wondered where fresh water comes from? Water appears to be plentiful in our oceans, lakes, ponds, and rivers. However, this is deceptive. The real fact is, fresh water is unequally distributed throughout the world, and accessible freshwater is in increasingly short supply. Growing produce, watering livestock, running industrial processes, brushing teeth, washing hands, using the commode, taking a shower…people rely on clean water to do these and many other activities every day. What would you do without clean water?
As you learn more about the world’s water supply, the treatment methods used to clean water, and the systems that help make clean water more available, think about these words from environmentalist and renowned ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau: “We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.”
This week’s Discussion asks you to note your personal water use, challenges you to reduce your water consumption, and reflect on ways that our society can better manage this precious resource.
To prepare for this Discussion
Review and use one of the Water Footprint calculators shown here:https://www.watercalculator.org/intro/?cid=824
If you share a home with others, consider how much more water your entire household uses.
Reflect on the ways that you use water. Be sure to consider both direct water usage and the use of virtual water that is embodied in many of the products and services that you consume.
Reflect on how your own use of water as well as society-wide water usage patterns can be improved. Consider how we can better manage this resource.
With these thoughts in mind, complete the following:
Primary Research-based Post (35 points):
By Day 4
Post: four or more paragraphs in which you:
Describe the details of your water footprint estimate calculated using the Water Usage tool.
Describe three or more ways in which you can reduce your water consumption.
Describe society-wide solutions to reduce water usage that you would advocate for or consider realistic.
pollution and Management
Industry waste level
water consumption in cities
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