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WATER
Why Do We Need Water?
Our kidneys need water to flush waste products and toxins out of our bodies.
The joints that connect our bones need water. 
This buffer keeps our bones from rubbing together.
What Happens When We Don't Get Enough Water?
Without water to flush out our kidneys, toxins build up inside us and we get sick.
Without water, bones won't move smoothly because there is friction.
Where are Drinking Water Storage Supply Areas?
In some regions, our drinking water is stored in reservoirs.
Snow melts and
fills reservoirs and aquifers.
Rain and snow fall and
fills reservoirs and aquifers
What Are Threats To Our Drinking Water?
We overuse water when we use water faster than our 
aquifer or reservoir can be refilled.
When there is little or no rain over a long period of time
the aquifers and lakes can't get refilled.
There is saltwater in the ocean and fresh water in the aquifer.
If freshwater levels get too low, salt water gets in. We can't drink salt water.
We get our water from 
drinking it.
How Do We Get Water Inside Us?
BONES
KIDNEYS
BONES
KIDNEYS
FOR OUR BONES & KIDNEYS
We also get water by
eating fruits and veggies.
In other places, our drinking water 
supply is in underground aquifers.
RESERVOIRS & AQUIFERS
How Does Our Water Storage Area Fill Up With Water?
RAIN & SNOW
OVERUSE, DROUGHT & SALTWATER INTRUSION
OVERUSE
DROUGHT
SALTWATER INTRUSION
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CHILDREN'S ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY
It is About Air, Food, Water and Climate...for Today and Tomorrow
Most of Earth is covered with water. In fact, 71% of Earth’s surface is water. Most of this water (97%) is saltwater and is in the oceans. Only a small portion of Earth’s water is freshwater. What we need to stay alive is freshwater. 
Water Needs, Supplies and Conservation