Over the course of the following week I decided to conduct a face-to-face survey with both ESF and SU students. The only question I asked was, “how much water do you use in a day”? I thought that this would broaden our horizons by collecting data from a different group of people besides the #nifkin twitter group.
After gathering data, I decided to group the results by different sections. As seen on the pie chart, I grouped each person’s answer in five different sections, < 30 gallons, 30-50 gallons, 50-80 gallons, 80+ gallons and with the response “I don’t know”. A majority of the students that responded to my question answered with “I don’t know”.
The results of this experiment can be deemed inconclusive since each of these responses was most likely an educated guess even though a majority had no idea. This goes to show that most people really don’t keep track of how much water they are truly using in a day. Fresh water is a finite resource that can soon run out if we don’t manage the amount of water we use in a day. How can we keep track of the amount of water we use daily? Should there be a limit? How can we sustainably use water?