Estimate water waste through leaking faucets in US
Awareness of wasting resources
Engages students in civil discourse/ communications that lead to more effective decisions
It advances students' literacy around sustainability issues.
Encourages self-reflection and personal development of their voice for solving societal challenges
Promotes creative visioning around sustainable futures
Higher order thinking skills are developed
Context for Use
Each student will count faucets in their home, identify leaky faucets, count number of drips per minute.
Class data will be compiled.
Average number of faucets per home and number of drops leaked per minute.
Estimate number of homes in county, state and country using research
Determine number of drops per faucet per day (number of drops per minute x 60 minutes x 24 hours per day)
Multiply by number of homes in US
Determine number of drops per gallon
Multiply gallons lost by number of homes in US
Contact local water authority to determine cost per gallon.
Multiply lost gallons by cost to determine cost of water wasted by dripping.
Discuss need for proper maintenance of appliances
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
Use estimation, averages, tax tables
Mention that if drip is from hot water side, there is additional waste and pollution from the burning of fossil fuels producing the hot water (in most homes)
Energy Hogs game (geared for kids but also useful/educational/enjoyable for all students) at http://www.energyhog.org/childrens.htm