Water Conservation for Children

You may have heard the term water conservation before but do you know what it means? Water conservation means to conserve, or save water. Water is a very important natural resource found on Earth that is necessary for life. Without it, we would not have anything to drink, we wouldn't be able to take showers, swim, or do many of the other things that we do on a daily basis. There are lots of things that you can do to help conserve water. Once you know what to do to conserve water, you can help to educate your friends so they can also do their part. Now that you know what water conservation is, take a look at some of the different things that you can do to help save water.

  • When you take a bath, you are using more than 30 gallons of water. Instead, consider taking a short shower, which will use much less water. If you already shower instead of taking a bath, try to see if you can cut down how long it takes you to shower.
  • When you are washing your hands, or brushing your teeth, don't leave the water running. Only turn the faucet on the wet your hands, or your toothbrush, and then turn it off. Turn water back on again to rinse hands or mouth, and make sure the water is off completely when you are finished.
  • Instead of throwing things like tissues or paper towels in the toilet and then flushing them, keep a small wastebasket in the bathroom and throw these things away instead. On average, each time you flush a toilet, you use about five gallons of water.
  • If you have plants in your yard or your house, use a pail to collect rainwater so you can use it to water your plants. Plants need water to thrive, and this will greatly cut down on the use of water from the hose.
  • If you notice that any of the faucets in the house are dripping, make sure you tell your parents right away so they can have them fixed.
  • Instead of putting food in a garbage disposal, which needs water to run, try starting a compost pile. Collect items such as vegetable waste, fruit peels and skins, dead plants and flowers, and other such things. Keep them in a container, make sure it is moist, and turn it once a week so it gets some air. All of these things will start to break down and you can then use the compost in your garden where it will act like vitamins for your plants. You may want to ask you parents for help with this project.
  • Do you have a pool in your yard? Encourage your parents to use a cover, as it will help cut down on evaporation and the pool will not have to be refilled as often.
  • Encourage your friends and siblings to get involved in water conservation and share the things you have learned with them.
  • Do you help with the dishes? Make sure you are not running the dishwasher until it is full. Also make sure that people are scraping their plates well so the dishes don't have to be washed more than once.
  • Do you help with chores like laundry? Don't wash only a couple of items at a time. Wait until you have a full load of laundry to do so you don't waste water.
  • Ask your parents if you have a water saving shower head. While showers use less water than baths, you can take it even further and use a water saving shower head to cut down on water use even more.

While it might seem like a lot to remember, even if you just do one of the things listed above each day, you will be helping to save water. Clean water is very important and even if you only take small steps, you can do your part to help conserve it.

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