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Dear Neighbors, 

Hello. We are the 3rd grade Girl Scout Brownie Troop 10302 in Stephenville. In honor of Earth Day, we want to talk to you about water. During our Girl Scout Journey: WOW! Wonders of Water, we explored the different ways we love water, such as drinking it, swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding in it. We also learned different ways to save and protect water. We are writing today, to teach people in our community how they can save and protect water as well. 

As most of you know, it’s a good idea to turn off the water while you brush your teeth. When you do so, you can save up to one and a half gallons of water. But did you know that you can save and protect water by keeping trash in the trash can?

When you’re outside and need to throw away your trash, if the trash can you find is full, please hold on to your trash until you can find a can that is not full. If you put your trash in a full can, it may be blown away by the wind and into our waters. 

Another way to save and protect water is to check your home for leaks. Try this cool experiment to check for leaks in your toilet. Place a few drops of food coloring into the water in your toilet tank and wait a few minutes. If you can see color in your toilet bowl, then you have a leak! A leaky toilet can waste up to 25 gallons of water per day.

You can also take shorter showers instead of baths. Filling up the tub with water uses up to 36 gallons of water. By taking a shower and cutting your time by just one minute, can save 800 gallons of water per year!

Lastly, another way to save and protect water is to use a reusable water bottle instead of single use plastic. It takes about twenty-two gallons of water to make one pound of plastic. When you use a reusable water bottle, you not only save the water it would take to make the plastic bottle, but it reduces the amount of plastic that would go to a landfill or end up in our oceans.

The average American uses one hundred gallons of water per day. If everyone does just one thing to help save and protect water, then we will have clean and safe water to love for years to come! 

Thank you,
Maggie W., Makailah R., Marin – Rose G., Sarah A., & Skylar H — Troop 10302
and Troop Leader Iaisha Gilzene

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