Our water workshop today was fantastic!
We reminded ourselves about the water cycle which we had studied in autumn - what an amazing amount we had remembered! Precipitation, evaporation, condensation, water vapour, clouds, repeat!
Did you know that no new water is created on earth - its just constantly recycled.
Then we looked at how we use water and how much. Here's some facts:
1/4 litre for each drink
1 litre to wash our hands
9 litres to flush a toilet which was made before 2000
3 litres to flush a small button on dual flush toilets
6 litres to for full flush on newer toilets
30 litres for a 5 minute shower
80 litres for a bath
1 litre to clean our teeth
18 litres if we keep the tap running!
Daily, one British person uses 142 litres per day on average.
Here's our top tips to save water and money (if your house has a water meter):
1. Have a shower not a bath.
2. Have a 3 minute shower not 5.
3. Make sure you wash full loads in washing machines and dish washers.
4. Turn the tap off when brushing teeth - especially Mrs Kirk!
That would save 17 litres each time.
5.Tip washing washing bowl water onto the garden
6. It takes 600 litres for a hose pipe for 20 minutes - wash the car with a bucket and sponge. The children said they would do it!
7. Collect rainwater in a water butt for the garden.
Next we discovered that toilet wipes are not all they seem. We 'flushed' toilet paper in a tub and watched it disintegrate. We 'flushed' a toilet wipe and despite flushing it over and over again it would not disintegrate. See photos.
These cause 'fatbergs' in sewers as they clog the pipes. So the advice for toilets is the 4 'P's': pee, poo, puke, paper only to go down. Everything else - use a bin.
We learnt about cold water shock which has killed some young people who have swam in reservoirs and other deep water. We all realised how dangerous this is and understand how Dylan's Mum, Rebecca, has made her campaign, 'Doing it for Dylan', so important to help save our lives. Our hearts fo out to Dylan's Mum and friends. We must never swim in reservoirs as the water is so deep and cold.