Barcelona Tap Water Education

Barcelona Tap Water Education

1. What

This action is to educate students about the safety of the tap water in Barcelona, and to encourage them to use reusable water bottles. Using reusable water bottles conserves natural resources and reduces waste. Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year and that plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce.

2. Why

2.1. Potential Benefits

The potential benefit of this action is make students aware that the tap water in Barcelona is safe to drink and encourage them to bring or purchase reusable water bottles rather than plastic water bottles. The reduction in waste is also beneficial in reducing landfill use. While the plastic used to bottle beverages such as water is of high quality and demand by recyclers, over 80 percent of plastic bottles are simply thrown away. As much as 40 percent of bottled water comes from the tap. Producing plastic bottles uses energy and emits toxic chemicals. Transporting the bottled water spews pollution into the air, adding to global climate change.

2.2. Potential Costs

The potential cost of this action includes the paper and ink to copy the flier. 500 sheets of paper costs about $9 ($0.018 per sheet) and a case of 5,000 sheets of paper costs about $60 ($0.012 per sheet). IES buys paper in bulk and by the case so the cost per sheet of paper would be comparable if not less that $0.012 per sheet of paper. Black ink for copiers is about $43.00 a cartridge and yields up 1,100 pages.

There are usually around 350-500 students each semester at IES Barcelona, so the cost per semester would be about $47.20-$49.00 for an ink cartridge and 350-500 sheets of paper.

3. How

1. Get action approved by Student Council
2. Research benefits of reusable water bottles and tap water
3. Design flier on tap water and reusable bottles
5. Have flier included in students Welcome Packet
The women from IES who I am supposed to give the flier to has been out of the office all week. I will deliver the flier to her on Monday April 19th so that she can include it in the information for new students.

Please go to the Files Gallery to get the high quality file of the flier, it is saved as a pdf under the name Barcelona Tap Water Flier. A lower resolution image from the flier is shown here inline for the convenience of readers:

4. Reference Links


5. Project Participants:

  1. Eloise Smith- Leader
  2. Matt Onorato- helped with potential cost research
  3. Gina Puls- helped with research and presented the action to Student Council

 Assignment 8: Peer review form

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How important?How urgent?How feasible?How far?How well justified?How well presented?Overall gradeReviewerNotes from the reviewer
3355344mtrejoCertainly a good concept, though simply encouraging students to use reusable water bottles, especially in such a highly ignored document as the welcome packet, will have only so much impact I feel.

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