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Why talk about Water

Why talk about Water

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 Hi! I am Pandit Gobar Ganesh.You will find me in Gobar Times—-a magazine that tells you how your everyday life islinked to the world around you. Hooked, huh? If you want to know more about meand GobarTimes visit us at www.gobartimes.org 
ACTIVITY: LETS GO…
SCHOOL WATER TRIPAsk your teacher if you can go on a school water trip? Start your adventure by first finding out thesource of municipal or other piped source of water for your school.Find out that single pipe,whichsupplies water to the whole school.If possible have a look at the point where it joins the mainmunicipal supply line.Just gauge the diameter of the pipe used.Trace this pipe around your school.Where does it go first?How does the water get distributed in the school?Does the diameter of the pipe increase or decrease as it moves in the school? Increase/Decrease
It would be helpful, if you take a person from the administrative staff along with you.
Does the school have a water meter? Yes/NoIf yes,how does it look like? DrawCatch hold of the water bill of your house.Look at the rate of water,per unit consumed.Photocopy the bill and attach it to the activity sheet.
A C T I V I T Y S H E E T
 
Whytalkaboutwater?
Most of us are tiredof grumbling aboutwater. Every time wethink about it – weare reminded of thelong wait for thattrickle of water fromthe municipal supplyor the fight for a fairshare from the watertanker. Even in a‘good-monsoon’year! Will this watercrisis haunt us forev-er?We must be goingwrong somewhere…Its time to take stockof the situation. Itstime to find out howthis crisis is generat-ed. How are weusing water? Is thereanything we can doto manage it better?Can we make surethat the monsoonrains bring us somerelief? This summeras the crisis arisesagain, lets under-stand water usageand find out differ-ent ways of tacklingwater shortage.
 
What are themeasurementunits of the watermeter? What isthe name of theinstitution supply-ing water?
 
DOWN THE DRAIN
:Trace the path;the water takes after being used in the water fountains or wash rooms.Where does it go? Itwould be great if you can actually have a look at the main drain pipe,which spits the dirt of the school?
Yuck! Why would I like to see such a dirty thing?- Just to know your contribution to the society. Or is it environment? 
Draw a rough map of the water flow into and out of your school, with major stops like overhead tanks, washrooms etc.
If possible,try and trace the path of the drain and see where it finally lands up- obviously into the sea- but surely it would be anadventure to see how it travels.If it is not possible in the school – try to convince your parents to take you on such a trip.
RAINDROPS 
Has it ever happened – its raining and you are waiting desperately for the rain to go away because youwant to play.Well,next time it happens - try this out! Of course ask your mom.Wear your raincoat and take your umbrella.Go out and follow the trails of water everywhere.Rain falls onthe roof- where does the water go? Does it stand on your terrace or does it move? Where does it head for?What happens after it flows down the roof? Follow the water and see where it goes.Does it carry anything alongwith? What?See if you can collect some rainwater falling from some drainpipe.Store it in a can and keep it at a safe place.After a few days when your plants require water,you can use that water.Notice the following:What are the mechanisms/paths humans have made to get rid of the water being collected everywhere?Can this rainwater be put to use? How?Look at the child above,what do you think,he is doing?
Experiment
The average annual rainfall of Delhi is 611mm – must have read it in the books, newspapers or heard it on radio or television. The meteorological department must be having some apparatus to know how much did it rain in the year.
You do your own experiment of measuring the amount of rainfall.
The next time rain is forecast or you know that it would start raining any moment,start this experiment.Get a glass or any other
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