There is great news about the Water Clock Project becoming a club. You can now both be involve in a service-learning opportunity and a student club.
Also, second big news: Senator Marie Desir and Senator Christy Rodriguez presented a bill to the Student Government Association to support the Water Clock in bringing awareness to the impact that plastic water bottles have on the environment and the benefits of using refillable non-plastic water bottles. THE RESOLUTION PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you senators Desir and Rodriguez.
The Water Clock Alternative is an interesting article about alternative energy sources
Consciousness was presented by Isabel during the Sustainability Symposium
My Point of View on Sustainability was presented by Fabiola Cordova during the Sustainability symposium on March 14.
The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industrys attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.
The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.
Our production partners on the film include five leading sustainability groups: Corporate Accountability International, Environmental Working Group, Food & Water Watch, Pacific Institute, and Polaris Institute.
10 WAYS TO CONSERVE WATER
- 1. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run while rinsing. Fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
- 2. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
- 3. When you are washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you lather.
- 4. Washing dark clothes in cld water saves both on water and energy while it helps your clothes to keep their colors.
- 5. Turn off the water while you wash your hair to save up to 150 gallons a month.
- 6. Share water conservation tips with friends and neighbors.
- 7. When you save water, you save money on your utility bills too. Saving water is easy for everyone to do.
- 8. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
- 9. Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.
TAP WATER VS. BOTTLED WATER: reasons to not drink bottled water
- Bottled water isn’t a good value
Take, for instance, Pepsi’s Aquafina or Coca-Cola’s Dasani bottled water. Both are sold in 20 ounce sizes and can be purchased from vending machines alongside soft drinks and at the same price. Assuming you can find a $1 machine that works out to 5 cents an ounce. These two brands are essentially filtered tap water, bottled close to their distribution point
- No healthier than tap water
In theory, bottled water in the United States falls under the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration. In practice, about 70 percent of bottled water never crosses state lines for sale, making it exempt from FDA oversight. On the other hand, water systems in the developed world are well-regulated. In the U.S., for instance, municipal water falls under the purview of the Environmental Protection Agency, and is regularly inspected for bacteria and toxic chemicals
- Bottled water means garbage
Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. According to Food and Water Watch, that plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce. That assumes empty bottles actually make it to a garbage can. Plastic waste is now at such a volume that vast eddies of current-bound plastic trash now spin endlessly in the world’s major oceans. This represents a great risk to marine life, killing birds and fish which mistake our garbage for food
REAL LIFE FACTS
- The U.S. public goes through about 50 billion water bottles a year, and most of those plastic containers are not recycled.
- In September 2009, the Australian city of Bundanoon became the first city in the world to completely ban bottled water from its stores’ shelves, installing water fountains around the city instead.
- A 2008 investigation by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group found some bottled water is sullied with untested industrial chemicals and may not necessarily be cleaner than tap water.
- Because the plastic is porous you’ll likely get a swill of harmful bacteria with each gulp if you reuse the bottles.
- More than 80 percent of recyclable plastic bottles end up in landfills each year. They do not break down naturally and release toxic chemicals when they finally do decompose
- Read up on the recycling rules for your area and make sure you don’t send anything in that can’t be processed. Each city has its own specifics, so try to follow those guidelines as best you can.
- If you’re a homeowner, consider rearranging your plumbing so that rainwater or wastewater from your shower and tub is used to flush your toilet. If you have a garden, water it with leftover bathwater or dishwashing water
- Lots of charities welcome your donations. Groups like Freecycle and Recycler’s Exchange exist to help you get rid of useful objects that you just don’t want to make use of. If you’re in a Craigslist city, make use of the “free stuff” section. Give away clothes that don’t fit
“A water clock is a timekeeping device which uses a flow of water to measure time”
How a Water Clock Works:
A water clock, also known as a clepsydra uses a flow of water to measure time. There are two types of water clocks: inflow and outflow. In an outflow water clock, a container is filled with water, and the water is drained slowly and evenly out of the container. This container has markings that are used to show the passage of time. As the water leaves the container, an observer can see where the water is level with the lines and tell how much time has passed.