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What is a Water Crisis?

Posted by Phil McNamara on 8/18/2014 to Drinking Water

A water crisis refers to a situation where a regionís water supply does not meet the population's demand. The United Nations and other world organizations sound the alarm when a specific region has a limited source of potable water for consumption. Regional governmental branches monitor existing water levels, and assess the probability of a future water crisis. Federal, local, and tribal organizations work together in tandem to avoid the onslaught of potential water shortages. In addition, most authorities determine the ratio of water pollution to clean drinking water.

Ways to Stay Hydrated in the Summer Months

Posted by Phil McNamara on 7/29/2014 to Drinking Water
Water makes up approximately 60% of one's body weight and plays an important part in bodily functions in every system. When a person does not get enough water in his or her system to make up for water loss due to sweat, urination and other natural causes, the body is unable to perform its normal functions. This is known as dehydration and when it occurs the body will begin to display certain signs such as headaches, increased thirst, dry mouth, dizziness, heart palpitations and fainting, to name a few.

Global Warming And The Freshwater Crisis

Posted by Phil McNamara on 7/25/2014 to Water Education

Global warming is a term that many groups of people are concerned about. Global warming refers to the warming of the Earthís temperature and the effects of it. No one has proved for sure that global warming is actually occurring; however, the evidence continues to agree that it is definitely taking place. The problem with global warming is that the entire Earth is affected by this. Global warming leads to an increase in the amount of water on this planet, and has many other effects as well. Environmentalists and other groups offer suggestions to people and businesses regarding ways that they can help with this potential problem.

Where's the Water? The Devastation of Drought

Posted by Phil McNamara on 7/8/2014 to Water Education

A drought occurs when a region becomes deficient in its natural water supply whether on the surface or underground. Droughts can last for months and even years. In general, droughts occur when a region receives less than the average rainfall in an annual year. Droughts can have a substantial impact on the ecosystem, agriculture, and society of the affected region. Contrary to popular opinion, short intense droughts can cause significant damage insomuch as dry periods that last for several years. Due to its impact on agricultural production, droughts can severely harm the economy.

Understanding Water Conductivity for Kids

Posted by Phil McNamara on 7/7/2014 to Drinking Water

When we think of electricity, we usually imagine wires in our houses or the huge electrical cable lines outdoors. But did you know that water can also be used to conduct electricity? In fact, itís a very powerful conductor! The temperature of the water plays a large role in how well it conducts electricity. Hot water conducts better in general. One reason that we might want to estimate the conductivity of some water is to find the amount of solids that are dissolved in it, such as salt. When you stir salt into warm water, it dissolves. A chemical reaction takes place, so the solid salt grains turn into positive and negative ions. These ions help to carry electricity in the water. Keep in mind that adding salt to water will only work until a point, and after that adding more salt will not have much effect any more.

The Water Cycle for Kids

Posted by Phil McNamara on 7/3/2014 to Water Education
On sunny days, the sunshine warms up bodies of water such as rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and even the ocean. If youve ever watched a kettle in action, you already know that when water warms up, it converts from a liquid to a gas. That gas is called water vapor.

The Science Behind Water- For Kids!

Posted by Phil McNamara on 6/27/2014 to Water Education

Without a doubt, water is the most important liquid on the planet. Plants, animals, humans and other organisms would not survive without it. Not only is water important, it is everywhere! It takes shape in the form of solid, liquid and gas, and is present in the environment in nearly all things.

All About Water Filtration

Posted by Phil McNamara on 6/13/2014 to Drinking Water
Water purification involves the process of filtering undesirable contaminants, biological agents, solids, and gases from water for a variety of purposes. Companies that specialize in water filtration aim to create a water source suitable for consumption. Medical, pharmacological, and chemical industries apply water filtration techniques to meet the standards of regulatory bodies. Water purification processes may include filtration, sedimentation, and distillation. The biological processes of water purification may involve biologically active carbon filters. In addition, the chemical processes of water purification involves flocculation, chlorination, and electromagnetic radiation.

The Chemistry of Heat and Energy

Posted by Phil McNamara on 5/29/2014 to Water Education
Energy, heat, and temperature all play an important part in the study of the sciences. Some students may have an idea of what these terms mean, but have a hard time explaining them. In order to fully understand chemistry, physics, and other sciences, a student must learn about the details of each one of these terms. With the help of examples, a student can understand more about the meaning behind each of these terms. The following looks at the definitions of energy, heat, and temperature. Also, there is information about some common units of measurement related to these terms.

Erosion: Wind, Water, and Ice

Posted by Phil McNamara on 5/13/2014 to Water Education
Our planetís surface undergoes a process called erosion, whereby materials gradually diminish from the surface over a specific time period. Erosion transports solid material through hydraulic or Aeolian actions within the natural environment; it resides and then results in the deposition of these solid materials on a separate landmass. 

Marine Biology for Kids - Life in the Water

Posted by Phil McNamara on 4/22/2014 to Water Education

Students can learn a lot about the world through the bodies of water in the world. Nearly 70% of the world consists of water, and much of the life on the planet is found underneath water. For this reason, it pays to learn about all of the life beneath the water. Marine biologists study life beneath the ocean, which includes marine animals, fungi, plants and algae and microscopic life. These scientists also study the habitats beneath the ocean, to learn how these organisms live and interact with one another.

Preserve the Earth - Water Conservation Resources

Posted by Phil McNamara on 4/1/2014 to Drinking Water

Water conservation involves an action that sufficiently reduces the loss, use, or waste of water in hopes of preserving its overall quality. A water conservation measure may incorporate an action, behavioral change, device, technological design, or process that achieves the reduction in water consumption. Water efficiency is a term used to describe a tool of water conservation that enforces more efficient water use; therefore, reducing the overall water demand. Residential, commercial, and institutional operators should evaluate the value, cost-effectiveness, and performance of a water efficiency device before employing it on a regular basis.

Water Facts and the Environment

Posted by Phil McNamara on 3/14/2014 to Drinking Water

Water is one of the four basic elements and it is very important for our survival. Apart from using water to drink, we also need it to keep ourselves clean, to cook food, and to grow crops. Can you imagine a country without any water at all? Sadly, our overall amount of usable water has been getting lower and lower over time. Part of the reason for this is pollution. Some areas in the world donít have clean bottled water. Instead, they have to fetch water from a river or a well. When there are dangerous chemicals in the river, people can get very sick from drinking that water. Global warming is another reason for the huge decrease in water abundance. As the temperature of the Earth rises, our climate becomes warmer everywhere. This means that many water sources, such as streams or rivers, completely dry up. The people in these areas have less clean water to drink and their crops die too, so they have less food. Since our water supplies are linked around the world, everyone has to take part in helping to conserve water and reduce the pollutants that enter the water stream. Have a look at some of these fascinating facts below to learn more about water.

The Human Need for Water - For Kids!

Posted by Phil McNamara on 3/13/2014 to Water Education

Water is incredibly important to human beings Ė and not just to drink! We use water for a lot of things. We use it to help grow our food, to wash our clothes, to put out fires, and for science experiments! Without water, life on earth just wouldn't be the same. If you think of water as only something you drink, this article will help show you just how often water is used. Water is called a "building block of life" for a reason!

Online Weather Learning Center

Posted by Phil McNamara on 3/1/2014 to Drinking Water

Is it going to rain today? Is it going to be a cloudy day? Every day, people have to deal with the weather. Sometimes, the weather can be dangerous-- as in hurricanes, tornadoes, storms, or heavy snowfall. Weather can also be fascinating and fun to learn about. Here, at the online weather learning center, you can learn about clouds, fog, hurricanes, and other weather phenomena. Read on to learn some interesting facts about the weather!

Changing Formation; From Water to Snowflakes!

Posted by Phil McNamara on 2/5/2014 to Water Education

Depending on the part of the country in which one lives, the presence of snow may be either a unique phenomenon or a regular occurrence. Regardless of ones personal attitudes towards snow, there is no question that it is not only stunningly beautiful, but also quite amazing from a structural perspective. Individuals who are interested in learning more about snow should first understand why all snowflakes are six-sided. In addition, having a basic understanding as to how snowflakes are formed, and why all snow is not in the form of flakes can also be useful for individuals interested in learning more about this fascinating topic. Consultation with meteorologists or professors who study the topic can also be an effective way to gain additional information about the concept of snowflake formation.

Water Resource - The Properties of Water

Posted by Phil McNamara on 1/15/2014 to Drinking Water

Water is a natural occurring substance that contains two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen, held together by covalent bonds. It exists in gaseous, solid, and liquid states and has several distinctive properties; it is a universal solvent, it is cohesive, and it is adhesive. It also has surface tension, polarity, electrical conductivity, and a neutral pH.





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