What is the situation? Britain faces drought crisis: Water shortage worst for 90 years Eight radical solutions for the water shortage Water Shortage: Hosepipe Bans Announced As drought hits Britain – how will water shortage crisis affect us? Drinking treated sewage could be the answer to the capital's water shortage, says Thames Water
What are the causes? 3 minutes – come up with some possible causes for water shortages Population growth- The development of new housing in areas of water stress and a doubling in the number of single person households since 1971 have increased demand for water. Climate Change – The worst hit region is the South East where over the past three months some parts have seen as little as 30% of their average rainfall leaving many rivers flowing at only 20% of normal for the time of year (Daily Mail, Summer 2012) Changing Lifestyles - An increase in the number of water-dependent appliances, more bathrooms in our homes and other factors have led to greater water use and increased demand for water.
What can we do? Watch the video and list all the ways that are mentioned that you can save water in your home. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7GNTAWf XKk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7GNTAWf XKk
What our the water suppliers doing? Why has Southern Water introduced water meters? The South of England is one of the driest areas in the UK. It has been classified as an Area of Serious Water Stress by DEFRA (The Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). In 2009-2010 alone, the water industry in England and Wales leaked approximately 3.28 billion litres per day. Drive to fix or replace old and leaky pipes – for example many in London are over 150 years old.
Solutions Drink treated salt waterUse water saving appliances – like aerator shower heads Drink Treated Sewage Recycle bath water for flushing the loo Keep cold water in the fridge so you dont have to let the tap run Turn off the taps when brushing your teeth Have a shower rather than a bath Use a water meter to measure your usage. Use old dish water to water the garden Mend leaks and dripping tapsSpend less time in the shower Gardens with plants that can tolerate dry conditions Dual flushing toilets
East Sussex Location: Heathfield Price: £1.75m Agent: Winkworth, 01892 519600; winkworth.co.ukwinkworth.co.uk You name it, this house has it: an air-source heat pump, a rainwater harvester, central-vacuuming system, triple- glazing and motion-sensitive lighting system. It also features underfloor heating and self-closing loos. The five bedrooms are arranged over three storeys. The property comes with about 11 acres of grounds and gardens.
Task: To create an estate agent like leaflet aimed at selling a water conserving house. You should include a drawing/ photo of your house. Description of your house (i.e how many rooms, facilities, location, price) Main part – how is the house designed to save water. What things does it have that save water (i.e dry garden, clever toilets etc) and how do these things save water. Main Part 2 - how can the person buying the house also save water ( spend less time in the shower, turn off taps). Final section – why is important that we save water, especially living in the South East.
PhotoInformation (i.e rooms, price, location) Why is it important to save water? How can you save water in the house? What things does it have to help you? How can you help yourself?