Students can brainstorm answers to the question
- "Who are the water users?" Hopefully they will be
able to suggest examples from many categories of users. Make a
list of all users suggested. Water
Use in the U.S. can provide information on industrial, agricultural,
commercial, mining, hydroelectric, and other uses.
users students list into logical categories/groupings and see
if you have representatives from all groups. Students should be
encouraged to seek out information to help them expand their list.
students into groups and let them work with 1 category of users.
Have them brainstorm ways that users within the group might be
wasting water and ways that they might be able to conserve water.
each group share a few ideas they brainstormed. Then discuss what
might happen if the water users in your area (which includes all
of us) did not conserve and continued to use more and more water.
the water restrictions in your area and/or the need to conserve
our water supply. You might wish to have students use the
links and activities in the Student section on this site to
research more information. Students may not realize that the
same water that is on Earth today is the same water that was
here when dinosaurs roamed and yet the population and uses
for water continue to increase.
the population of the Earth continues to grow and the water supply
remains constant, what new problems will arise? Depending on future
rates of population growth, between 2.6 billion and 3.1 billion
people may be living in either water-scarce or water-stressed
conditions by 2025. A site to look at and use with students is
in the Balance. Maps and data will indicate which countries
of the world have water shortages and are faced with shortages
in the future. Or you might want to use Water,
Water Everywhere? which challenges students to look at population
growth and water availability. Links and resources provided in
this lesson give you all you need for this investigation.
the 50 Ways to do Your Part. (See printables
page for this PDF file.) See if the ideas listed here might
help them see ways to begin saving and working on water conservation.
perhaps it is time to plan your group's action campaign to make
others aware of water conservation issues, ways to save water,
and what your group has learned!