your hand at creating a crossword puzzle with clues for some
of these terms. Challenge a friend or classmate to complete
your puzzle. There are many software programs which will create
puzzles for you, some are even online. Try Discovery
for Water Conservation:
- An aquifer is a geological (created by rocks) formation containing
water. Like the holes in a sponge, an aquifer has openings or pores
that can store water. Water for drinking is drawn up to the surface
by a well or spring. The world's largest aquifer is the Ogallala
Aquifer, which extends from Nebraska to Texas. Since water seeps
down through soil into the aquifer, the soil filters the water.
- a process that removes the salt from seawater by removing salt
and other minerals from it.
- is underground water that has seeped into the ground and is being
held in soil and rock. Ground water that is pumped from underground
aquifers makes up much of our water supply. Ground water can be
found beneath the surface almost everywhere on Earth. Within the
U.S. approximately half of the population depends on ground water.
(Find out more at Groundwater
cycle - another name for the water cycle.
- The movement of water through the openings in rock or soil.
- water that has received at least secondary treatment and can be
reused for outdoor irrigation. Reclaimed water is high quality and
has no smell. Reclaimed water is an alternative water source for
- is taking water from a wastewater treatment faciliting and treating
it so it can be used for irrigation and other uses according to
the rules set up by the Department of Environmental Protection.
- is a process in which the amount of water going into the aquifer
is increased by adding storm water or reclaimed water to the surface
of well fields and wetlands.
- a process used to desalinate seawater. Water flows through a long
tube with layers of material inside which removes salt as the water
- water in bodies such as lakes, rivers, oceans and streams. Suface
water accounts for a portion of the water supply.
- To xeriscape
you use appropriate plants and group them with others that have
the same water needs. You use an efficient watering system and add
mulch to keep water from evaporating as fast.
Need more information
or other water conservation terms? See the Water-Science
Glossary of Terms for an extensive list.