Posts Tagged ‘Water’

For Want of Water

I read the Online News Association General Excellence Award winner Las Vegas Sun’s project on the water issue in Las Vegas.

“For Want of Water” was a great article to read about, it talks about Las Vegas running out of water. The desert is soon going to run out of all kinds of water, Lake Mead is predicted to dry out by 2021. There is a countdown on the website of when the water will run out. It counts down the days, the hours, the minutes, the seconds and even the milliseconds of when Las Vegas will be completely dried out. The countdown is scary, it’s a reality to see every millisecond of getting closer to a water-less city. The map on the website shows where Lake Mead is in relation to Las Vegas. The article tells how the region is getting dryer and dryer by the day, that the climate change and huge reliance on Lake Mead is making the chances of keeping a “wetter” land is becoming slim to none.

My favorite thing about the project is the interactive video. When you play the video it explains the facts of the problem in the region. When the video talks about a specific area, the map below the video moves to where the video is talking about. Then the video goes onto talking about facts by showing graphs. Then you hear from people who are being effected by the dry problem.

All of the multimedia that is used in this project is incredible. It really helps you understand why Las Vegas and the southern Nevada region is becoming dry and what people are doing to fix the problem. It shows how global warming is a scary thing and that in only a few years, Las Vegas can become a really different place.

When I read this article, it got me thinking…is the Bellagio Fountain show really necessary? Or is it a big waste of water?

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Picture taken by Lily Lee of the Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas might not be the Las Vegas we think of today in 2021.

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Picture taken by Lily Lee in Las Vegas.

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Carrying Green For Less Green

I’ve noticed this trend on campus, where water is the new thirst quencher. I used to see soda and coffee all the time but now it’s water. Not only are students trying to stay healthy but the bottles they are holding are eco-friendly.

Towson University is a big commuter school and Deer Park water company happens to be in Maryland. Not only is it affordable to buy 24-packs but that 24-pack is helping the environment.

Shawna Sogluizzo, a student at Towson is an avid Deer Park drinker.
“I noticed that the bottle changed…maybe last year and on the back of the label it says that it is an Eco-Bottle. Not only is it cheap, I like the taste of Deer Park. It’s refreshing and it doesn’t have that weird after-taste like Nestle Water does,” Sogluizzo said.

Sarah Zuckerman, a student at University of Pennsylvania has a Sigg bottle that she had bought when she was a freshman.

“My mom has always been really eco-friendly and I guess I got that from her. The Sigg bottle is great. I bought a Brita and the bottle which cost me about $50. If I bought packs of water I’d be wasting a lot more. Not only am I helping the environment, I get a cool bottle to carry around,” Zuckerman said.

I am also a Deer Park drinker and I noticed myself that the bottle is light weight. I personally like Deer Park compared to other waters. It’s cheap and it’s from Maryland. I can be proud of carrying my green, recyclable refreshing water around.

Deer Park's Eco-Bottle of water

Green Water

When I think of green water, I think of the water in the Inner Harbor…however the water I’m talking about tastes a lot better than Inner Harbor gunk.

I’m talking about water that comes in a bottle. Since the world has noticed our earth deteriorating, we’ve started to make an effort to make a change. Companies that sell bottled water like Deer Park and Aquafina have decided to change the look of their bottles to make them more eco-friendly. So what does that mean exactly? Deer Park made their bottle easier to hold and lighter which means there was less energy used to create the bottle which reduced CO2 emissions. The label on the bottle is smaller, the bottle is recyclable and easier to crush and is made with 30% less plastic than the average bottle. Aquafina designed a bottle with 50% less plastic than their bottle in 2002. Their website makes people aware of their goal to go green. They have different pages to encourage people to recycle, to get invovled in the community and to feel the difference.

Besides buying bottled water, you can always opt for buying one bottle for your water and reusing it. There are new bottles every year, but sometimes the “green” bottle may cause a ruckus. Time Magazine had an article about the Sigg water bottle that is claimed to be one the most eco-friendly bottles. However the Sigg bottle was not bisphenol-A free. BPA is a chemical that hardens plastic but it is a controversial chemical that can be linked to diabetes and reducing sperm count in men. Although Sigg has promised to trade their bottles for BPA-free lined bottles, the “green” bottle has gotten a bad reputation.