Please complete the vocabulary exercise and then visit the Web sites listed to advance your knowledge about water audits and carry out activities designed to help you focus on the important dimensions of the challenge.
|Water audit||Reclaimed water||Water conservation||Xeriscape|
|Potable water||Rate of flow||Microclimate||Water reuse|
|Non-potable water||Condensation||Acre-foot||Rainwater harvesting|
|Irrigation||Water efficiency||Hardscape||Water meter|
This challenge, Put Some Blue In Your Green School, requires that you download the 7-Step School Water Audit to perform the activity.
You will need to request and review past water bills from your independent school district (ISD) or water provider. You will also read the school’s water meter(s) and conduct an audit of the water use at your school. Once you have gathered your data, you will interpret the results and develop a set of recommendations on how to implement water conservation practices at your school. You should present your findings and recommendations to school officials and/or the local school board.
The school water audit is composed of separate measurement and data collection labs. The following is a brief summary of each lab:
Step 1: Map facility and categorize water use.
Step 2: Analyze school water bills.
Step 3: Read water meters.
Step 4: Measure water flow and leaks.
Step 5: Measure water use indoors.
Step 6: Measure water use outdoors.
Step 7: Summarize and report findings.
To expand your knowledge about water audits and rainwater harvesting, read the following: