Quarters for Water Thursday March 22, 2012 •International World Water Day was started in 1993. •It’s purpose is to focus world attention on the importance of fresh water on our planet • Lack of clean water for millions of people is an urgent crisis in the world. • Children in other countries like Uganda have to work hard just to get enough water to live. • Millions of people – women and children (mostly girls) walk long distances to collect water. • Many children are not able to go to school because it can take hours to get the water and bring it home. • Water is often dirty and can lead to illnesses. • More than 1.5 million children die from diarrhea each year. In Mygera, Uganda the people need to carry large plastic cans called jerry cans down to the lake. •They fill the cans with lake water and carry it back to their home by walking or riding a bike. •They often walk several miles each way. This water must be boiled before it can be used for drinking. All water is used very sparingly • Most people on the planet use less than 2 gallons of water per day. • Americans use up to 100 gallons per day! • Change A Life Uganda (CALU) is helping children in rural Uganda get clean water and an education. This year you will see how the Jackson Municipal Water Company cleans and delivers the water you drink every day compared to the water quality of children in rural Uganda. •Jackson has a water company called the Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority. (JTMUA) •They take water from underground, process it and deliver it to your house. Let’s see how the Jackson Township Municipal Utilities Authority, JTMUA, brings the water to your faucets. This is an electronic map of the Jackson Water system. It shows the location of wells and water tanks throughout Jackson Township. It also shows the status of all the pumps and whether they are filling or draining. • These are the aquifers running under Jackson. • This map shows the seven wells Jackson uses for it’s water. • This is a 1,500 gallon per minute water pump. • The motor is 200 horse power and is submerged underground. • Jackson has 10 wells like this one in it’s water system. • This pump could fill an in ground swimming pool in 10 minutes. • These are water filters (6) used for filtering water. • Each one can filter 500 gallons of water per minute (3,000 gal/min) • The blue pipes are clean water coming out of the filters and green pipes are raw water from underground going into the filter. This map shows the status of the pump These six filters take the minerals our of your drinking water. Jackson has some of the cleanest and most pure water in the state of New Jersey. These are the filter backwash tanks. Iron and manganese particles are taken out before the water is sent to the storage tanks. They each hold 300,000 gallons of water. • This is the water testing station. • The water is always running to make sure the water sample being tested is the same water that comes out of the filters. • This water tower was built in Jackson 20 years ago and is still in use. It holds 200,000 gallons of water. • The water tank behind the tower holds 1,000,000 gallons of water. – • Lack of clean water for millions of people is an urgent crisis in the world. • Children in other countries like Uganda have to work hard just to get enough water to live. Each day children go back and forth to the lake… carrying jugs of water by hand or on a bike. Every day, many times per day the children walk back and forth between their home and the lake carrying heavy water cans. No complaining, some smiling faces. This is the only way to get water and the children want to help their families. If you had to walk to collect water from a river, or if you had no toilet or shower at home. What would be the biggest way that it might change the life you have now? • Many organizations and governments are addressing this situation with programs, financial support and education projects. • You can help Change A Life Uganda bring clean water to the children in Mygera. • ALL IT TAKES IS A QUARTER! • How many quarters is that? • 565,975 quarters • How much did Christa McAuliffe School contribute?$566.95 or 14,174 quarters 2010: 4 Tanks at the school and 1 at the health center Next: Distribution Pipes & Storage Tank With your help this is what CALU hopes to do in 2012 and 2013 Wear a hat…that’s all it takes! • In March 2011 the CMMS Wear a Hat day raised funds to help drill a well for the children of CALU. Pay $1.00 to your homeroom teacher and you can wear a hat to school for the entire day. You will receive a pass to keep with you for the day. The best part… All the money raised goes straight to Quarters for Water to help students just like you drink clean water! Conservation Tips Ways you can help conserve water at home and school • Even though 2/3’s of the planet is made of water, less than 1% is safe and accessible for use. • The rest is frozen or seawater and too salty to drink! Teeth brushing Toilet flush Automatic dishwashing Shower (5 minutes) Washing machine Taking a bath Washing the car Outdoor plant watering 2-4 gallons 5 gallons 12 gallons 25-50 gallons 60 gallons 60 gallons 50 – 100 gallons 180 gallons Thank you to all the McAuliffe Middle School students helping the children of St. Lawrence School in Mygera, Uganda. Change A Life Uganda needs students like you to keep Quarters for Water growing.