Name:                                                                Block:

Water Water Everywhere Activity[1]

Hand Washing:

Estimate the amount of water to wash hands once (mL): ____________________

Hand Washing

Number of times/day

Number of family members doing this

Total number of times a day

After using the restroom

Before/after preparing food

Before/after eating

Other

Total:

Total estimated amount of water for your family to wash correctly for one day: ________

Water Availability:

Station 1: Water Abundance

You are in an area of water abundance. Water conservation is something you know about, but never really seems relevant with your excessive access to freshwater and advanced technologies. Use what is left of your five minutes to provide water for this population. Fill the “Need” cups from your “Resources” and pour it into your “Population.” Because of your abundance, all cups should be completely full as they are added to the bottle - make sure your “Population” bottle is inside the bowl to prevent a mess.

Observations: Did your population have enough water to fill the water bottle? Explain

Reflections: What did you think as you kept pouring more and more water into the abundant population?  Did you ever think it was too much?  Reflect on the experience.

Station 2: Physical Water Scarcity

You are in an area that has physical water scarcity. You may be located near a desert, or simply have had a population boom that has caused your old resources not to be enough. Use what is left of your five minutes to provide water for this population. Fill the “Need” cups from your “Resources” and pour it into your “Population.” Because of your scarcity, water use is carefully allotted and conserved. Some cups will be half full while others are totally full. Choose carefully how you fill and mark your decisions in the chart below:

Cup

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Need:

Agric

Agric

Agric

Agric

Agric

Agric

Agric

Indus

Indus

Hum

None

Half

Full

Observations: Did your population have enough water to fill the water bottle?  Explain.

Reflections: How did you decide to fill your paper cups?  What would it mean if you were only able to provide half the agriculture resources needed (hunger, etc.)? industrial resources (poverty, etc.)? domestic resources (health, etc.)?  Reflect on the experience.

Station 3: Economic Water Scarcity

You are in an area that has economic water scarcity. You have a good source of water but for some reason cannot access it. This might be due to political unrest, conflict, or simply lack of money. Instead, you use an unimproved water source that is dirty and far away to provide for your population. To fill the “Need” cups from your “Resources” (the pitcher across the room), you must individually walk across the room carrying the weight and a single cup, then walk back and pour the “Need” into your “Population.” You may NOT use the “Potential” water at all. You may not have enough time to fill all of your population’s needs so choose which cups are most important to fill first.

Observations: Did your population have enough water to fill the water bottle?  Explain.

Reflections: How did you feel about having to do so much work in the economic scarcity station, (carrying extra weight, walking back and forth, getting dirty water, etc.) when you had a gallon of clean water in front of you?  Reflect on your experience.


[1] Activity adapted from The Water Project Teaching Guide