“I don’t do a lot of things now. I used to take super long showers. [I now realize] that you can use the same amount of soap and wash up in five minutes instead of an hour,” said junior Montae’ja Morrell. “I don’t run the water when I’m brushing my teeth. When I’m doing the dishes, I’ll use as little dishwater as I can.”
Morrell and many other students in Klaudia Burton’s environmental science class have changed the way they think about water, thanks to an in-depth project looking at water quality. For the project, the students studied water’s quality, accessibility and reusability, and used that information to write a lab report on their research. Afterward, they were tasked with devising a solution to “make water accessible for current developing nations and for future use,” according to their National Academy of Engineering entry document.
Before Morrell did the project, she didn’t really focus on her water usage.
“I didn’t realize that running water or using the bathroom could affect other people [in] other places,” she said. “Water is a real scarce resource and we shouldn’t take it lightly.”
Morrell’s greatest takeaway from the project was when she learned about how they’re working on cleaning the water.
“[I really liked the machine in which] the water goes under this thing and then it’ll spin and it’ll create its own chemical from that and they’ll use that chemical to clean the water. There was all this separation of water and it going through gates,” she said.