A Michigan Technological University undergraduate student has constructed a display that illustrates the amount of water each of us uses, and possibly wastes, on a daily basis.Today, (March 22) is World Water Day, with this year’s theme being “Wastewater.” Since Monday, visitors to Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Building, have gotten an up close and personal look at their daily usage of water, illustrated by a display featuring 90 one-gallon water jugs.
The display is the work of Caryn Murray, an environmental engineering major from Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Murray’s display has dozens of gallon jugs with colored caps corresponding with everyday water-related activities such as flushing a toilet, brushing teeth, washing dishes, etc.
Each activity features signs with tips on ways individuals can reduce their water consumption and possibly save money on water and sewer bills.
Murray says she was approached by Elizabeth Hoy of the Great Lakes Research Center to “take charge” of a display for World Water Day. “She (Hoy) envisioned creating some kind of display that would get people excited about the seminars and such that Tech puts on for the week,” Murray says. “As an environmental engineering major, wastewater is a common topic I’ve talked about and studied both in and out of classes.”
Murray, who was advised on the project by David Watkins, professor of civil and environmental engineering, says she was excited to work on it as she had learned a great deal about the various aspects of wastewater. “But I hadn’t really considered how much water an individual could contribute to wastewater during the course of an average day.”
Hoy says the idea of a large display came out of discussions of a committee planning Tech’s observance of World Water Day. “The committee discussed the idea of a central display in a high-traffic area that would be informative as …