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Water Scarcity

Hi, my name is Brooke Bulmash. I am a senior at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. I am very passionate about the environment and conservation. I hope to pursue a career in Environmental Policy or Sustainable Architecture. An issue I see frequently around my neighborhood is the careless overwatering of lawns. In Plano, where I live, current restrictions say that residents may water their lawns twice a week no more than two hours each time. Since it is spring in Texas, we are receiving a good amount of rainfall. That being said, my neighbors often have their sprinklers on during rain storms, a practice I see as very wasteful and careless given the situation of so many people around the world.

My page has several resources to present. The first of which is a quiz on the issue of water scarcity around the globe. The next activity is a fantastic resource for figuring out your home water consumption. Then, I have some captures of current drought conditions in the United States and a map of the drought risk around the country, as well as an Infographic with tips to conserve water!

Please take this quick quiz on your knowledge about water scarcity around the globe. Loading…

This activity will estimate your household's daily water consumption

If the embedded part does not function: http://www.watercalculator.org

Concerns regarding the water supply in North Texas have been echoed for years now. As the population continues to grow, particularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, we face a troubling reality. Will we be able to support a population this large with this little water?

As you can see from the graphic, Collin County, where my family and I reside, is indicated as "abnormally dry". While this map may not look as troubling as it did in say, 2014, when all of Texas was experiencing a massive drought, it still is concerning.

On a much larger scale, you can see the current drought conditions in North America right here:


Here are some additional resources that could be helpful to keeping track of water conditions in your area.

Essential Questions:

Do you know if there are water restrictions in your area that are in place?

Figure out if there's a drought in your area:

How is Drought Affecting your Neighborhood?


What does your family do to conserve water?

What are some suggestions you have on water conservation?

How can we conserve water on a global scale?

 

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