Water for Wildlife: Build Self-Cleaning Animal Water Fountains around Campus
Today, as I was walking around campus, it was a hot day. Sadly, there was a squirrel that had died of dehydration.
Due to the hot weather, which will get worse over the years because of climate change, small animals lose water very quickly. If they do not have access to drinkable water, they can become dehydrated, suffer from heat stroke, and die.
No animal deserves to suffer. Due to climate change, animals which are not adapted to survive hot climates have to now suffer through more intense and long heat waves without enough water needed for their health.
It was too late to help the late squirrel, but it is not too late to help other animals. This is why I began sketching a rough draft of a self-cleaning animal water fountain. The goal of this petition is to have these fountains installed around the University of Windsor campus to give local wildlife an accessible source of fresh, clean water.
About the Design:
This water fountain requires minimal maintenance. It can be filled and emptied by electrical signals. It is also self-cleaning. It has an automatic circling brush, that can remove solid debris. The link to the preliminary sketch is below.