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30 Water Scholarships for Students

by admin on June 23, 2014

If you are a student interested in going into a water-related career field there are numerous scholarships available to help support your education. Below you will find our roundup of some of scholarships available and many of these scholarships renew each year.

Len Assante Scholarship
An annual scholarship awarded by the National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation to students studying groundwater-related fields.
Award: Up to $5,000
Deadline: January 15

WEF Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship
This scholarship by the Water Environment Federation provides $25,000 for graduate students who are WEF members and plan to work in the water environment field.
Award: $25,000
Deadline: March 1, 2014

The WATER Scholars Program
Texas A&M University provides scholarships funded by the National Science Foundation to engineering graduate students pursuing a master’s degree and who have an interest in water-related research.
Award: $20,000

Amtrol, Inc. Scholarship
A scholarship, offered by Amtrol, Inc. in partnership with the American Ground Water Trust, is for a high school senior intending to pursue a career in a ground water related field.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: June 1st, Annually

Baroid Scholarship
This scholarship, offered by Baroid in partnership with the American Ground Water Trust, is for a high school senior intending to pursue a career in a ground water related field.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: June 1st, Annually

Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship
This scholarship, funded by Stetson Engineers Inc., is for a high school senior intending to pursue a career in a ground water related field and who will be attending a college or university west of the Mississippi River.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: June 1st, Annually

AWWA Academic Achievement Award
This award by the American Water Works Association is available to students who submit a masters thesis or doctoral dissertation relevant to the water supply industry.
Deadline: October 1
Award: $1,500-$3,000

The Willard C. and Elaine N. Rhoads Scholarship
The Willard C. and Elaine N. Rhoads Scholarship for Graduate Studies in Water Resources is for a University of Wyoming student accepted into the interdisciplinary water resources major program.
Award: $2,500

Mills Scholarships
This scholarship, funded by the W.G. Mills Endowment, supports Texas A&M University graduate students with demonstrated interest in fields of study that have the potential to help Texas solve future water problems.
Award: $1,500
Deadline: June 10

Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship established by the American Water Resources Association is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student and a full-time graduate student enrolled in a program related to water resources.
Award: $2,000

Melville H. Cohee Student Leader Conservation Scholarship
A scholarship for members of the Soil and Water Conservation Society who are full-time undergraduate students in their junior or senior year or graduate students studying natural resources conservation.
Award: $500
Deadline: February 12, 2014

VASWCD Educational Foundation Scholarship
This scholarship by Virginia’s Soil and Water Conservation District is for students majoring in or showing a strong desire to major in a course curriculum related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 28, 2014

Eddie Wood Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship offered by the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District in Virginia is for full-time students with a permanent address in Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson Counties, and the City of Charlottesville who demonstrate an active interest in conservation and are enrolled in or have applied to a college level curriculum.
Award: $2,500
Deadline: March 7, 2014

Alabama Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society Scholarship
This scholarship is for students enrolled at a Alabama College or University majoring in a soil and water conservation related field.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: April 30

Louisiana Rural Water Association Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to individuals who reside on a water system that is a member of the LRWA and who are interested in pursuing a career in the water or wastewater field.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: March 3, 2014

Bill Martin Scholarship
This scholarship, established by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association, is for high school students from Colorado, Wyoming or New Mexico who are enrolling in a 2 or 4-year college or university for study related to the water environment profession.
Award: $2,500
Deadline: May 1, 2014

Tony Campman Scholarship
The Tony Campman Scholarship was established in 2006 by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association and is for an existing student of a 2 or 4 year Colorado, Wyoming or New Mexico university or college or a resident of the above mentioned states who is an existing student pursuing study at a 2 or 4-year college or university in the water environment profession.
Award: $2,500
Deadline: May 1, 2014

New Mexico Ground Water Association Buck Lively Scholarship Program
This scholarship is intended for individuals who are full members or related to a full member and are enrolled in a post secondary school. Special consideration is given to students pursuing a career in a water related field.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 15, 2014

Wisconsin Water Association Scholarship
This scholarship is for full time students at a university or college who are pursuing a degree in the drinking water field or a college child of a WWA member.
Award: $750-$1,000
Deadline: May 2, 2014

Major Environmental Career Scholarship Application
The New York Water Environment Association is providing seven scholarships to New York students. Eligible individuals include students enrolled in a B.S. or B.E. degree program with an environmental emphasis, children of a member, students at a school with a NYWEA student chapter, or high school students who will be enrolled in an environmentally related program.
Award: $1,500-$10,000
Deadline: February 10, 2015

FWQA’s National Capital Environmental Scholarship Program
The Federal Water Quality Association provides three $2,000 annual scholarships to Washington D.C. area high school seniors accepted to college to pursue careers in the environmental sciences.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: TBA

Kirt Brooks Memorial Water Environment Scholarship
The California Water Environment Association provides scholarships for students attending a college and pursuing a course of study related to the water environment field.
Award: $500-$2,000
Deadline: January 15

Georgia Association of Water Professionals’ Undergraduate Scholarship
A scholarship for children of active members of the GAWP who will attend a training program at a university, community college, junior college, or technical training school.
Award: $2,000
Deadline: February 28

Safe Water Scholarship Awards
This scholarship by the Illinois Section American Water Works Association is available to students enrolled or accepted into a water-related program.
Award: $3,500
Deadline: January 31, 2014

Intermountain Section AWWA Scholarship Program
The Intermountain Section AWWA sponsors four scholarships for amounts between $1,000 to $1,500 for students in science and engineering and a minority student in the water field.
Award: $1,000-$1,500
Deadline: November 8, 2013

Terry L. McKanna Scholarship
This scholarship provided by the Kansas Section AWWA is available for Kansas students taking college coursework related to civil or environmental engineering or environmental science with emphasis on career fields associated with the Waterworks Industry.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: May 30, 2014

The Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association Scholarship
The Minnesota Section of the American Water Works Association provides up to three $2,500 scholarships per year to junior or senior college students in a four-year water-related bachelor’s program.
Award: $2,500
Deadline: July 1

Donald G. Willems Scholarship
This scholarship is available for students enrolled in a Montana college or university with major coursework leading to employment in the fields of water and/or wastewater.
Award: $1,000
Deadline: March 15

PNWS-AWWA Scholarships
The American Waterworks Association Pacific Northwest Section provides multiple scholarships to students with education and career goals related to the drinking water profession.
Award: Varies
Deadline: February 28, 2014

Texas Section AWWA Scholarship
This scholarship is available for members or children of members who plan to be full-time undergraduate or graduate students.
Deadline: July 11, 2014

VA AWWA 2014 Scholarships
The Virginia Section of the AWWA offers multiple scholarships to students planning to work in the water industry.
Award: $750-$2,500
Deadline: June 15, 2014

If you know of a water scholarship that isn’t included on this list, let us know in the comments below.

Here are 20 interesting and informative articles about water published recently that discuss topics like water supply, water conservation, desalination, and droughts.

Wastewater that Cleans Itself Results in More Water, Less Sludge Gizmag

“Using wastewater to clean itself is the premise of new Australian technology that relies on the formation of compounds called hydrotalicites, and which results in less sludge than traditional water treatment with lime.”

New Desalination Technologies Spur Growth in Recycling Water Yale Environment 360

“A host of new technologies are being developed that not only are improving traditional desalination but opening up new frontiers in reusing everything from agricultural water to industrial effluent.”

As Oklahoma Drought Continues, Farmers Prepare For Losses NPR

“The agricultural economies of southern Great Plains states have withered after four years of extreme drought. Farmers in Oklahoma are bracing for one of the worst wheat crops in the state’s history.”

Tree Rings Reveal Nightmare Droughts in Western U.S. Science Daily

“Scientists extended Utah’s climate record back to 1429 using tree rings. They found Utah’s climate has seen extreme droughts, including one that lasted 16 years. If history is repeated in the rapidly growing Western states, the water supply would run out based on current consumption.”

Ogallala Water Use Climbs as Drought Intensifies in the Southern Plains Circle of Blue

“The 42 months from October 2010 to March 2014 were the driest such period on record for the Texas Panhandle – worse than the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and worse than the great drought of the 1950s, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.”

Athabasca Glacier Melting at ‘Astonishing’ Rate of More than Five Metres a Year Calgary Herald

“What’s believed to be the most-visited glacier in North America is losing more than five metres of ice every year and is in danger of completely disappearing within a generation”

Proposals Focus on California’s Groundwater Problems The Desert Sun

“Groundwater accounts for an estimated 40 percent of California’s water supply in an average year, and that number has risen sharply during the drought, with farmers and others relying more heavily on wells.”

What’s the Magic Number on Texas’ Water Needs? The Texas Tribune

“The 2012 state water plan — the state’s strategy for meeting water needs — estimated that Texas would face a shortfall of 2.7 trillion gallons of water a year by 2060, and that filling the gap would take an estimated $53 billion in new infrastructure.”

New Technology Tools Aim to Reduce Water Use The Wall Street Journal

“In an effort to encourage conservation and manage water use more efficiently, utilities and consumers are turning to a variety of new technology tools, including software and mobile apps that let households know just how much water they are using.”

Amid Drought, Water-Use Penalties Hit Bay Area SFGate

“A debate has ignited in Pleasanton after leaders of the tidy East Bay city full of manicured yards and swimming pools declared a ‘local drought emergency’ and laid out some of the strictest water restrictions in the Bay Area: a 25 percent mandatory cut over past use, with stiff fines for violators.”

Gulp: The Lake That Supplies Vegas With Most of Its Water Is Now at Record-Low Levels Slate

“Thanks in part to the epic ongoing drought, the city’s main water supply just hit a frightening new milestone low this week. According to Bureau of Reclamation data as of June 2, there’s never been so little water behind Hoover Dam since its construction in the 1930s. That’s a problem, because Vegas gets 90 percent of its water from Lake Mead.”

California Orders Thousands of Sacramento Valley Water Users to Stop Pumping From Streams The Sacramento Bee

“California has ordered more than 2,600 water agencies and users in the Sacramento Valley to stop pumping water from streams, a drastic response to the ongoing drought that hasn’t occurred since 1977.”

San Diego’s Billion-Dollar Water Bet CNN (video)

“In San Diego, the largest desalination plant in the western hemisphere is being constructed. It will soon take water from the ocean and create 50 million gallons of freshwater per day.”

Price of Water 2014: Up 6 Percent in 30 Major U.S. Cities; 33 Percent Rise Since 2010 Circle of Blue

“The price of water rose again in 2014, though less steeply than in previous years, according to Circle of Blue’s annual survey of single-family residential water rates in 30 major U.S. cities. The average price for a family of four using 100 gallons per person per day increased 6.2 percent, the smallest year-to-year change in the five-year history of the survey. The median increase was 5.2 percent.”

From Toilet to Tap: Getting a Taste for Drinking Recycled Waste Water CNN

“But business is booming in California’s Orange County Water District (OCWD), through a pioneering wastewater treatment facility that recycles used water — or sewage — and returns it to the drinking supply. The plant is expanding production from 70 to 100 million gallons per day, enough for 850,000 people, around one-third of the county population. As the OWCD output is mixed with the main groundwater supply it reaches over 70% of residents.”

Americans Use Twice as Much Water as They Think They Do, Study Says LA Times

“In a paper published online Monday in the journal PNAS, a researcher concluded that Americans underestimated their water use by a factor of 2, and were only slightly aware of how much water goes into growing the food they eat.”

Water Levels Dropping, Fresno Weans Itself from Groundwater Circle of Blue

“Fresno, a farm hub of 505,000 people, is moving from a system reliant on groundwater to a river-fed supply. Doing so requires a $US 1.1 billion investment over 10 years, said Martin Querin, water division manager.”

In California, Spigots Start Draining Pockets The New York Times

“The message to customers: Use more than your allotment, and it will cost you. A lot. Water bills below the allocation run $40 or so. Go above it, and fines pegged to the amount of excess water used will quickly double, triple or quadruple that bill.”

For First Time in 15 Years, Drought Hits 100% of California LA Times

“For the first time in 15 years, the entire state of California is experiencing drought, ranging in severity from moderate to exceptional. That’s the analysis from the National Climatic Data Center’s most recent drought monitor released this week, which found that nearly 39% of the country was in drought.”

California Drought Similar to Historic Drought in Texas Science Daily

“John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences who also serves as Texas’ State Climatologist, says the current drought in California is so far comparable in many ways to the 2011 Texas drought, the worst one-year drought in the state’s history that caused more than $10 billion in damages and led to numerous wildfires and lake closings.”

For more interesting water articles, you can follow us on Twitter at @seametricsinc.

The following individuals actively participate on Twitter to provide useful information, links, and commentary on water conservation topics.

michael-campanaMichael E. Campana @waterwired
Michael E. ‘Aquadoc’ Campana is a hydrogeologist, hydrophilanthropist, Professor of Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management in the Geography Program of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University, Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of New Mexico, Past President of the American Water Resources Association and Past Chair of the Scientists & Engineers Division of the National Ground Water Association.

robert-osborneRobert Osborne @watercrunch
Robert is the author of the blog WaterCrunch and is a water resources engineer for Black & Veatch. On his blog he writes about water resource topics, infrastructure, history, and tech tools. He has worked on numerous water supply and planning projects throughout the Southeast.

peter-gleickPeter Gleick @PeterGleick
Peter Gleick is a climate and water scientist and author of Bottled and Sold, a book that discusses the environmental impacts of bottled water. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, MacArthur Fellow, and President of the Pacific Institute. His research and writing addresses the connections between water and human health, hydrologic impacts of climate change, sustainable water use, and international conflicts over water resources.

coyote-gulchJohn Orr @CoyoteGulch
John Orr is the author of Coyote Gulch where he shares news on water issues with a focus on the Colorado River Basin. With over 25,000 tweets from @CoyoteGulch, John will keep you up to date on the latest news and information.

maude-barlowMaude Barlow @MaudeBarlow
Maude Barlow is the Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chair of the board of Food & Water Watch. She is an author of books about the global water crisis including Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever. Barlow has also served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly.

charles-fishmanCharles Fishman @cfishman
Charles Fishman is a reporter and author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water which discusses our complex relationship with water and the challenges of managing it smartly. He shares interesting links about water news and issues on Twitter.

david-zetlandDavid Zetland @aguanomics
David Zetland is a water economist and author of the blog Auguanomics and the book The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity. At Auguanomics, he has written about water conservation and water economics for over 6 years.

To recommend someone to be added to this page, please let us know in the comments below.

8 Interesting Water Conservation Videos

by admin on May 19, 2014

These water conservation videos are produced by multiple organizations and provide useful information on water conservation topics.

national-geographicOur Thirsty World National Geographic
This simple video by National Geographic displays facts about the importance of conserving water and cites a projection that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will live where water is scarce. (3:29)

water-aeratorConserving Water at Home California American Water
This video provides tips for reducing water usage at home including how to avoid overwatering the lawn, checking the toilet for leaks, and installing a low flow shower head and faucet aerator. (5:56)

take-partThe Global Water Crisis – How Much Water Do We Really Use Everyday? Take Part
This excellent animated video provides facts about things most people don’t realize require enormous amounts of water to produce including food and goods. (3:00)

ted-waterFresh Water Scarcity: An Introduction to the Problem TED Education
This TED video explains that although individual water use is an important part of the puzzle, a great majority of water is used by agriculture (70%) and industry (22%). (3:38)

fresh-water-tedWhere We Get Our Fresh Water TED Education
Another TED video that explains that 70% of fresh water is trapped ice caps and polar regions while nearly 30% is groundwater. It also cites that the United States uses the most water per capita in the world. (3:46)

good-waterWater GOOD
This quick video provides interesting and important facts about water availability and usage in a video infographic format. (2:30)

why-care-waterWhy Care About Water? National Geographic
According to this video by National Geographic, to support the average American lifestyle today takes about twice the global average and we are using water resources in ways that are unsustainable. It also mentions the fact that the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the sea. (2:29)

13 Interesting Talks About Water

by admin on May 12, 2014

The following talks provide insights into important water issues including ideas for addressing the challenges of providing freshwater for the rapidly growing global population.

rob-harmonHow the Market Can Keep Streams Flowing Rob Harmon
Rob Harman explains how streams are drying up and how incentives can effectively encourage water rights holders to conserve water. (8:46)

susan-mackayA DNA Sized Solution for the Water Crisis Susan MacKay
Dr. Susan MacKay discusses using DNA to create DNA sized holes in a ceramic filter to efficiently purify water. (7:35)

angela-morelliThe Global Water Footprint of Humanity Angela Morelli
Angela Morelli examines how to measure the water footprint of the growing global population including the water required to produce food and goods. (18:21)

anupam-mishraThe Ancient Ingenuity of Water Harvesting Anupam Mishra
In this TED talk, Anupam Mishra describes how people engineered structures to collect freshwater in the driest areas of India in ancient times. (18:40)

peter-gleickThe Real Cost of Water We Use Peter Gleick
In this talk at Stanford, Peter Gleick explains the challenges and issues the world faces with freshwater access and supply and describes the idea of peak water. (1:05:30)

peter-vikeslandNanotechnology Will Revolutionize Water Supply Sustainability Peter Vikesland
Peter Vikesland from Virginia Tech discusses the opportunity for using nanotechnology to detect and remove contaminants in water. (14:40)

robert-glennonAmerica’s Water Crisis Robert Glennon
Robert Glennon, author of Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What To Do About It, speaks on the issues facing the United States in managing freshwater supplies while the population grows. (1:09:45)

Alexander ZehnderWhere the Water Flows Alexander J.B. (Sasha) Zehnder
In this lecture at Stanford University, Dr. Alexander J.B. (Sasha) Zehnder discusses the global water demand for food production and the challenges of providing adequate water to meet the growing demand.

maude-barlowThe Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water Maude Barlow
Maude Barlow, the chair of the board of Food & Water Watch, discusses the shrinking freshwater supplies around the world and ideas for achieving a water-secure world. (54:18)

michael-pritchardHow to Make Filthy Water Drinkable Michael Pritchard
In this TED talk Michael Pritchard explains how dirty water can be made drinkable with portable filters. (10:04)

scott-harrisonScott Harrison, Founder & CEO, Charity:Water Shares his Story
Scott Harrison explains the harsh conditions many in the world face when freshwater access is lacking and how he started Charity: Water to help address the global water crisis. (47:38)

asit-biswasFuture of the World’s Water Asit K. Biswas
Dr. Asit K. Biswas argues that there is enough water to support the world’s growing population if it is managed effectively. (1:16:07)

anders-nilssonWater: The Strangest Liquid Anders Nilsson
Professor Anders Nilsson of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory discusses some of the mysterious properties of water that are still not fully understood.

100 Amazing Water Facts You Should Know

by admin on April 28, 2014

Dripping waterWater is the most important resource in the world. Here are 100 amazing facts about water that you may not know.

68.7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.1

30% of fresh water is in the ground.1

1.7% of the world’s water is frozen and therefore unusable.1

Approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States per day.1

Nearly one-half of the water used by Americans is used for thermoelectric power generation.1

In one year, the average American residence uses over 100,000 gallons (indoors and outside).1

Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid including sulfuric acid.1

The freezing point of water lowers as the amount of salt dissolved in at increases. With average levels of salt, seawater freezes at -2 °C (28.4 °F).2

About 6,800 gallons of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four.3

To create one pint of beer it takes 20 gallons of water.3

780 million people lack access to an improved water source.4

In just one day, 200 million work hours are consumed by women collecting water for their families.4

1/3 what the world spends on bottled water in one year could pay for projects providing water to everyone in need.4

Unsafe water kills 200 children every hour.4

Water weighs about 8 pounds a gallon.5

It takes 120 gallons of water for one egg.5

A jellyfish and a cucumber are each 95% water.5

70% of the human brain is water.5

80% of all illness in the developing world is water related.6

Up to 50% of water is lost through leaks in cities in the developing world.6

In Nairobi urban poor pay 10 times more for water than in New York.6

In some countries, less than half the population has access to clean water.7

$260 billion is the estimated annual economic loss from poor water and sanitation in developing countries.7

40 billion hours are spent collecting water in Africa alone.7

The average cost for water supplied to a home in the U.S. is about $2.00 for 1,000 gallons, which equals about 5 gallons for a penny.8

A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.8

Water expands by 9% when it freezes.8

There is about the same amount of water on Earth now as there was millions of years ago.9

The length of the side of a cube which could hold the Earth’s estimated total volume of water in km = 1150.10

Children in the first 6 months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average American adult.11

Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day.11

The United States draws more than 40 billion gallons (151 million liters) of water from the Great Lakes every day—half of which is used for electrical power production.12

85% of the world population lives in the driest half of the planet.13

Agriculture accounts for ~70% of global freshwater withdrawals (up to 90% in some fast-growing economies).13

Various estimates indicate that, based on business as usual, ~3.5 planets Earth would be needed to sustain a global population achieving the current lifestyle of the average European or North American.13

Thirty-six states are anticipating water shortages by 2016.14

300 tons of water are required to manufacture 1 ton of steel.15

1 in 6 gallons of water leak from utility pipes before reaching customers in the US.15

American use 5.7 billion gallons per day from toilet flushes.15

Refilling a half-liter water bottle 1,740 times with tap water is the equivalent cost of a 99 cent water bottle at a convenience store.15

It takes about 12 gallons per day to sustain a human (this figure takes into account all uses for water, like drinking, sanitation and food production).16

Each day, we also lose a little more than a cup of water (237 ml) when we exhale it.17

By 2025, water withdrawals are predicted to increase by 50 percent in developing countries and 18 percent in developed countries.18

By 2025 half the world’s people will live in countries with high water stress.19

A water-efficient dishwasher uses as little as 4 gallons per cycle but hand washing dishes uses 20 gallons of water.20

The average family of four uses 180 gallons of water per day outdoors. It is estimated that over 50% is wasted from evaporation, wind, or overwatering.20

It takes more than twice the amount of water to produce coffee than it does tea.21

Chicken and goat are the least water intensive meats to consume.21

There have been 265 recorded incidences of water conflicts from 3000 BC to 2012.21

Hot water can freeze faster than cold water under some conditions (commonly known as the Mpemba effect).22

If the entire world’s water were fit into a 4 liter jug, the fresh water available for us would equal only about one tablespoon.23

Over 90% of the world’s supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica.23

Water regulates the Earth’s temperature.23

On average, 10 gallons per day of your water footprint (or 14% of your indoor use) is lost to leaks.24

The average pool takes 22,000 gallons of water to fill.24

It takes about 70 gallons of water to fill a bathtub.25

Flying from Los Angeles to San Francisco, about 700 miles round-trip, could cost you more than 9,000 gallons of water.25

Water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century.26

Only 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people.26

Three quarters of all Americans live within 10 miles of polluted water.27

A swimming pool naturally loses about 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) a month to evaporation.28

Producing a gallon (3.79 liters) of corn ethanol consumes 170 gallons (644 liters) of water in total, from irrigation to final processing. On the other hand, the water requirement to make a gallon of regular gasoline is just five gallons (19 liters).28

40% of freshwater withdrawals in the United States are used for agriculture.29

65% of freshwater withdrawals in China are used for agriculture.29

Freshwater withdrawals for agriculture exceed 90% in many countries: Cambodia 94%, Pakistan 94%, Vietnam 95%, Madagascar 97%, Iran 92%, Ecuador 92%.29

If everyone in the US flushed the toilet just one less time per day, we could save a lake full of water about one mile long, one mile wide and four feet deep.30

If everyone in the US used just one less gallon of water per shower every day, we could save some 85 billion gallons of water per year.30

Over 42,000 gallons of water (enough to fill a 30×50 foot swimming pool) are needed to grow and prepare food for a typical Thanksgiving dinner for eight.31

An acre of corn will give off 4,000 gallons of water per day in evaporation.31

In a 100-year period, a water molecule spends 98 years in the ocean, 20 months as ice, about 2 weeks in lakes and rivers, and less than a week in the atmosphere.31

Water is the most common substance found on earth.31

In Washington state alone, glaciers provide 1.8 trillion liters (470 billion gallons) of water each summer.32

Water makes up about 66 percent of the human body.33

There are no scientific studies that support the recommendation to drink 8 glasses of water per day.33

Drinking too much water can be fatal (known as water intoxication).33

There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all of the rivers on the planet combined.34

If all of the water vapor in the Earth’s atmosphere fell at once, distributed evenly, it would only cover the earth with about an inch of water.34

It takes seven and a half years for the average American residence to use the same amount of water that flows over the Niagara Falls in one second (750,000 gallons).34

263 rivers either cross or demarcate international political boundaries.35

Of the estimated 1.4 billion hectares of crop land worldwide, around 80 percent is rainfed and accounts for about 60 percent of global agricultural output (the other 40% of output is from irrigated crop land).36

Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons annually nationwide. That’s equal to the annual household water use of more than 11 million homes.37

Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.37

A leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.37

Each cubic foot of Martian soil contains around two pints of liquid water, though the molecules are not freely accessible, but rather bound to other minerals in the soil.38

There is an estimated 326 million trillion gallons of water on earth.39

NASA has discovered water in the form of ice on the moon.40

A 2.6 billion year old pocket of water was discovered in a mine, 2 miles below the earth’s surface.41

Two-thirds of the world’s population is projected to face water scarcity by 2025, according to the United Nations.42

1 pound of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water.43

1 gallon of wine requires 1,008 gallons of water.43

A 0.3 pound burger requires 660 gallons of water.43

1 slice of bread requires 11 gallons of water.43

1 apple requires 18 gallons of water.43

1 pound of chocolate requires 3,170 gallons of water.43

500 sheets of paper requires 1,321 gallons of water.43

Ground water occurs almost everywhere beneath the land surface. The widespread occurrence of potable ground water is the reason that it is used as a source of water supply by about one-half the population of the United States.44

Hydrologists estimate, according to the National Geographic Society, U.S. groundwater reserves to be at least 33,000 trillion gallons — equal to the amount discharged into the Gulf of Mexico by the Mississippi River in the past 200 years.45

At any given moment, groundwater is 20 to 30 times greater than the amount in all the lakes, streams, and rivers of the United States.45

About 27 trillion gallons of groundwater are withdrawn for use in the U.S. each year.46

The High Plains Aquifer covers eight states and 175,000 miles.46

References:
1. http://water.epa.gov/learn/kids/drinkingwater/water_trivia_facts.cfm
2. http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/water.html
3. http://www.water.siemens.com/en/about_us/Pages/Water_Footprint.aspx
4. http://blueplanetnetwork.org/water/
5. http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5303137.doc
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Operating a business is not as simple a venture as many envision. Considering the significant increases in operating costs in the last decade, particularly in electricity bills, operating a business has become costlier than ever. Fortunately, the implementation of efficient energy management solution can change this bleak outlook. In fact, it could help your company generate more profit than ever.

Solution 1 – Shut Off rather than Put off
When done with a full days worth of work, the simplest thing you can do is turn your electronic devices off. Never put off the shutdown as standby mode can consume a lot of energy in the long run. In fact, leaving a wireless router on in your office can cost between $3 and $5 a month. Multiply that by a number of routers in the office and you are looking at an increase of hundreds of dollars. The same can be said about 19-22” LCDs, computers and large LCDs.
Therefore, the best and first energy management solution is to simply turn off the electronic devices once you have used them rather than leave them running or on standby.

Solution 2 – Electronic Timers
Regardless of the efforts you and your employees may put in to ensure that electronics are switched off, there is a high probability that they will not be. That’s why it’s a great idea to use electronic timers. These electronic timers will automatically turn on and off the electronic devices in the office. This ensures that even if someone forgets, everything will turn off either way.

Solution 3 – Switch the Lights
Most businesses have literally hundreds of light bulbs working for 8 hours a day. In order to save electricity, subsequently increasing profits, switch to low voltage fluorescent light bulbs. These use a fraction of the power of regular light bulbs and provide increased luminosity. In fact, you can save up to $200 over a 6 month period by using 5 13W fluorescent bulbs. That’s a little over $30 a month.

Solution 4 – Go Solar
Another great energy management solution is to invest in solar panels, great for small to medium-sized businesses. The solar panels can be used to power your businesses’ lighting or perhaps cooling systems. Either way, you stand to save hundreds of dollars by going solar. Moreover, the government will pay you for every kW you reinsert into the main grid.

Solution 5 – Replace the Wires
Whether it is a human being or a small speaker, everything has a limited life. Eventually, when you exceed that life, performance degrades, sometimes rapidly. The same can be said about wires. By replacing the wires in your office with new wires, you save money due to electrical resistance. Moreover, new wiring can dramatically lower your insurance premiums as well.

Following the above 5 solutions will help ensure that your business operates at a lower cost than ever, increasing your profits. Moreover, it ensures a safe and more productive work environment and gives your business an eco-friendly image.

seametrics-water-dropWater is the essence of life. It is what makes up most of our body and our planet. In fact, it is one of the primary reasons our planet can support and sustain life. As such, it is our duty to conserve as much water as possible. In doing so, we not only save the planet, but money as well. Here is a look at some great water conservation strategies that can be implemented both at home and work.

Tighten Leaky Taps, Pipes and Faucets

Leaking taps and pipes are one of the primary reasons for higher than average water bills. In fact, according to online statistics, you could lose almost $10 a month just from one leaky tap that drips 3 times a second, or $8 for 1 drip every second. Considering that most people have more than 1 leaky tap in their home, you are looking at an average of $25-50 wasted.

If you want to save the planet and your money, tighten every pipe, tap and faucet in your home. If you can’t, hire a professional to do so.

Switch to a Sprinkler

Created in the 1950s, sprinklers are interesting devices that not only ensure proper water usage but sufficient and automatic watering. Interestingly, 33% of your water consumption is attributed to your lawn. Installing a sprinkler can reduce water bills by up to 50%. Best of all, your grass will be greener than ever.

Install a Dishwasher

One of the biggest uses of water in the average office and home is to wash the dishes. Most people usually wash the dishes after every meal by hand. While this is good practice, it may just be costing your more than you think. According to a research study, the average person uses almost 3 gallons of water to wash their dishes. Efficient dishwashers use 0.59 gallons of water to wash the same amount of dishes. Not only does this save you water, it saves the planet as well.

Recycle Water

Not only is water a precious and limited resource and it is therefore important to not only use it wisely, but recycle it when you can. For example, if you have an evaporative cooler, drain the water out into your plants. In the office, rather than turning the bathroom tap on at full blast, turn it on a little and only use as much as needed. This can reduce your water bill by up to 40%.

If you have a swimming pool, recycle the water rather than waste it. In fact, the average 5,000 gallon pool costs $80-100 to fill with water. Rather of throwing the water away after summer, use chemicals to bring the water to acceptable pH and chemical levels. Then, use the water to wash the car, water the plants, etc.
If you want to save the planet and your own money, you need to use water wisely. Additionally, always recycle water wherever you can.

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Green Ways To Heat Your Home

by admin on December 30, 2013

seametrics-green-homeEnergy bills in most homes can be considerably high these days, as the need to heat the home and water is necessary in cold weather. Day by day it seems that energy prices are increasing, thereby increasing the expenditure on energy. The best way to combat this price increase is to opt for eco-friendly or alternative energy that is already available in nature in abundance and can be converted into heat energy for proper utilization. Using alternative energy is also a great way you can reduce the CO2 footprint of your house.

Eco-friendly Options for Heating Homes

Most of the homes in America have some type of central heating. It can be warm air system, radiators, night storage heaters or boilers. However, all these options consume a lot of energy. Here are few alternative energy options that are produced using natural resources that will help in lowering your electricity consumption. Some of the most efficient and commonly popular eco-friendly forms of energies are:

Biomass

Biomass is the word used for the wood material used for heating. You can prepare heat energy through this source by using a single stove similar to a wood burner that can heat one room at a time. Alternatively, you can get a big biomass boiler, connect it with the hot water tank and radiators and use it for centralized heating. This type of heating is much better than using fossil fuels. Biomass is considered a carbon neutral source of fuel. The main reason behind this is that the chips or the pellets that are used for burning your system are produced very quickly through short rotation coppice and quick growing. Also, the CO2 that is released in the atmosphere during the burning process is almost equal to that absorbed by the plants during their growing period. Hence, its balance is maintained.

Heat pumps

Heat pumps are another form of eco-friendly heating systems. Depending upon the source they use for heating, they are divided into two types: ground and air. Ground source pumps are comparatively more efficient of the two heating technologies with a CoP (performance coefficient) of 3:1. This means that it uses one unit of electricity to pump out three heat energy units. However, as compared to an air source system, ground source heat pumps are quite expensive and require specific installation. The CoP of air source pumps is 2:1 and just like ground source system, these heat pumps can also be connected to wet central heating or warm heating system. They are comparatively easy to install.

Solar heating

Many homes receive unobstructed sunlight even during the cold season. Such homes can opt for solar heating systems for heating their homes. This is one of the cheapest forms of alternative energy and you either can buy a manufactured system or you can build it at home. This system makes use of solar energy for heating liquid or air. This heated element is then transferred through a storage system inside the rooms. Sometimes it is also transferred directly into the interior space.

It is a great idea to look further into alternative energy sources for heating your home.  Depending upon the availability of natural resources and suitable climatic conditions in your region, you can choose from any of the available alternative energy option and reduce your electric bills.

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How to Grow a Green Garden

by admin on December 2, 2013

seametrics-green-gardenDo you want an eco-friendly garden that is completely green? Gardening requires a great deal of work and a green garden will require a bit more work than if you were to plant a regular garden. Weeds, animals, weather, and chemicals can make or break your garden, so it is a good idea to learn how to handle various situations that can arise in eco-friendly ways.

Composting

Composting is a great way to create an eco-friendly fertilizer that can greatly help your plants. You can begin a compost pile easily by adding greens and browns and stirring your pile every so often.  It is recommended to never put any type of meat in your composting pile as animals will be attracted to it. Sometimes, even some types of vegetables can attract animals. When creating your compost pile, try putting up a chicken wire around the perimeter to ensure that no animals can get in and ruin your hard work.

Pesticides

With any garden, pests will always be trying to get in and eat your crops. Although pests can be damaging to your eco-friendly garden, steer clear of the kinds of pesticides that are not eco-friendly. There are organic pesticides which do not contain harmful chemicals that a normal pesticide contains. For example, one organic pesticide you can make from home is garlic, chili powder, baking soda, and cooking oil. You could also use lemon scented dishwashing liquid combined with the other ingredients. All these ingredients can create the perfect organic pesticide your eco-friendly garden will need and are proven to keep those nasty pests far away from your garden. You can also purchase organic pesticide from the store.

Pull weeds yourself

Instead of using a harmful chemical to kill the weeds surrounding your plants, pull the weeds in your garden yourself. Although it can take a long time to make sure every weed is out of your eco-friendly garden, the results will be well worth it and you will feel even more accomplished with your green garden. You should wear gloves and probably a long sleeve shirt with boots to be safe while in your garden with weeds sprouting up everywhere. By pulling weeds yourself, you are ensuring that your plants will possess no harmful chemicals and your plants will really be completely eco-friendly.

Use the weeds

You can easily use the weeds you pull in your garden in your compost pile but first you will need to make sure they will not attract pests. The only way to completely be sure that the roots of the weeds are dead and never coming back to life is to heat the weeds up. You typically need a machine to do this which can be expensive. Another way to make sure the weeds your pulled will not grow back once they are placed in your compost pile is to drown them. Put all weeds into a big bucket full of water and completely saturate them until you are assured they are dead. They can then contribute to your compost pile and fertilizer for your eco-friendly garden.

Use these tips to create a beautiful and bountiful green garden and enjoy the fruits of your labor with your family and friends.

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