Which sustainability component will your lesson focus on?
Our presentation will focus on water conservation and how that wil assist in sustainable living
What related problem/issue will you present?
Water loss through unmaintained and unadjusted toilet settings
What supporting facts characterize the problem?
Toilets flush approximately 1.5 gallons of water each flush when only about 33% of that is entirely neccesary. Therefore with each flush a toilet unneccesarily wastes about a gallon of water
What solution will you offer?
We will offer the idea of replacing basic toilet flaps with adjustable toilet flaps to change and reset the amount of water your toilet tank releases per flush.
What action or actions do you want people to take as a result of your lesson?
We would like poeple to just be more aware that toilets are the greatest waste of municipal water within the home and to live more sustainably by monitoring and lowering water wasted everytime you flush.
Please attach any supporting audio, video, images, files, blogs, links, graphs or other related to the problem or your solution?
Describe (in detail) what you presented on EARTH Day. Be sure to describe your "hook," your activity, and your "wrap up" in enough detail that next year's groups will be able to use it and improve upon it.
We started off our presentation with a hook of describing how much water is wasted in the toilet with every flush, within the average home per day, within the average city per day, and then within the country per day. After this we discussed water conservation and how we can save millions of gallons of fresh water just by adjusting toilets and being a slight bit more water wise. From here we discussed two major strategies that could save water one being putting food coloring in the toilet tank to make leaky toilet flappers noticeable and how fixing them can conserve water. After this we showed our second and primary technigue of installing an adjustable toilet flapper. This will conserve about a gallon of water with each flush easily saving enough water to pay back the purchaser of the flapper within its savings on the water bill. After this we demonstrated how much water is wasted with each flush by filling water balloons with about a gallon of water per about 4-5 ballons. We did this by weighing how much 1/4-1/5 of a gallon of water is then made a ballon with this weight and filled the rest of the balloons to about the size of the stencil balloon. We then had a balloon toss symblolizing how much water is lost with each flush and also showing better allocations for water than simply flushing it down the toilet.
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
I would expand upon the presentation of the toilet flapper our presentation was slightly short of the time zone and therefore we would just have another water ballon toss wasting materials and sometimes time because we then went over our desired time. i would also fill the balloons the day before because filling them at school was kind of a pain