BY TAYLOR MANDEL
The City of Cooper City has instituted a new water conservation project called ‘Gimme 5’ to get resident’s to reduce their water consumption by five gallons of water per day.
‘Gimme 5’ was started in 2010 after a contest between two homeowners associations, who saved 176,000 gallons of water. It important to conserve water because so many plants and animals depend on this limited resource. Only 3% of the Earth’s water is fresh water. Just 1% of that water is suitable for drinking. That means 7 billion people have to share just 1% of the Earth’s water. By conserving water, Cooper City is doing their part to save money and make the environment a healthier one.
Cooper City’s goal is to reduce the city’s water consumption by five percent in 2014. The city plans on accomplishing this by telling residents to follow simple steps to conserve water such as shutting off the faucet while brushing their teeth, taking shorter showers and replacing old toilets.
Each spring, Cooper City hosts the annual Water Matters Day, an event held to teach members of the community about the importance of water conservation. This year, it took place on Saturday, March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Tree Tops Park in Davie. By taking part in educational and interactive activities having to do with the environment, Cooper City residents became more aware of the amount of water they use. Cooper City also plans to teach residents about water conservation at the annual Cooper City Founder’s day in April.
Water conservation for cooper city is vital, as Broward County is projected to reach a population of about 2 million residents by 2015. With their ‘Gimme 5’ Project and Water Matters Day, Cooper City is doing their part to conserve water, one gallon at a time.