Sophia's Essay
Sophia, 10, Hinsdale, May 2008

Our Best Friend

    Everyone has a best friend: water.  There is just one problem with this resource.  We’re using it all up!  If we don’t want to lose this friend we have to start conserving!
    Some people think we have so much water that we will never run out, but we will.  We already are!  First, if we use it all up, we won’t be able to exist on earth.  Another thing is five million people (almost all kids) die each year of unhealthy water.  Plus, 75% of Earth’s surface is covered with water, but only 1% is available to use.  If we keep wasting water it will affect our lives terribly.  To conserve water you can do things as simple as putting signs up in your bathroom saying to turn off the water while you brush your teeth.  Simple things like that can make a big difference.
    Studies right now estimate that an average person uses about 159 gallons of water per day.  That’s a lot!  Just think, there are millions of people in the world and they are each using that much water.  Some faucet heads let 2.2 gallons of water flow per minute!  Right now the main water threats are withdrawing too much water from a river or lake, the addition of polluted water habitats, changing fresh water habitats by building dams or draining wetlands and over fishing.  We also have ground water.  Ground water is very important.  It is the aquifer below the surface of the earth.  It is one of the most important natural resources.  Ground water is the source of about 37% of the water that county and city water departments supply to households and businesses.
    I for one would like to not lose my best friend.  So we have to start conserving!  Every one has a part to play to conserve.  We know the importance of water; we know we are wasting water.  We do not want to lose our precious water so we all should conserve!  Our homes and community need to be doing this, so we don’t lose our very best friend.

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