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helping kids go green: water conservation

There are so many ways that we can help our children be more aware of the earth and teach them how to be more green. In any situation, rather than just telling them what to do, it is always more effective and longer lasting if we explain to our kids the reasons why we do things, or why we ask them to do certain tasks. For example, if we simply just tell them to turn off the faucet so there’s no water dripping, they still don’t understand the reason why water shouldn’t drip. If we ask them to not let the hose run for long periods of time, educate them about why we don’t do that.

I’ve compiled a list of some ideas on how we can educate our children on the importance of water conservation and how their small conservation tasks can go a long way in helping the earth. There are also some facts that you can read to your children to help them understand the importance of water conservation.

  • Did you know that less than 1% of all the water on Earth can be used by people? The rest is salt water (the kind you find in the ocean) or is permanently frozen and we can’t drink it, wash with it, or use it to water plants.
  • As our population grows, more and more people are using up this limited resource. Therefore, it is important that we use our water wisely and not waste it.
  • After washing your hands, make sure the faucet is turned off tightly so there are no drips.
  • When water drips, we waste clean water that we could have used for something else like watering the plants.
  • Fill a pitcher of water and put it in the fridge for drinking. Then when you need cold water you don’t have to let the tap run, waiting for the water to get cold.
  • If you’re old enough, take a shower instead of a bath.
  • An average bath requires 30-50 gallons of water. The average shower of four minutes with an old shower head uses 20 gallons of water. With a low-flow shower head, only 10 gallons of water is used.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • If everyone in the U.S. used just one less gallon of water per shower every day, we could save some 85 billion gallons of water per year.
  • When brushing your teeth, only turn on the faucet to get your toothbrush wet, then turn it off. When you’re done brushing your teeth, turn it back on to rinse. Don’t leave the water on when you’re brushing your teeth.
  • If you want to play in the sprinklers, water your lawn at the same time.
  • Is there a leaky faucet at school or in your bathroom? Tell an adult so they can fix it. You can save a lot of water by fixing leaky faucets.
  • If you’re not going to finish your full glass of water, dump the extra into a plant to water it.
  • Washing your bike with a bucket of water and sponge can save a lot of water. A hose can waste 6 gallons per minute of you leave it running, but using a bucket and sponge only uses a few gallons!
  • Tell your friends what you’re doing to conserve water, and encourage them to do the same.

Water facts and sources:
epa.gov
The Water Page
Consumer Energy Center
sandiego.gov

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