Teaching children good water management can be a challenge, no doubt, but it’s an important lesson. Let’s explore some dynamic and fun ways you can help teach your children that a drop of water is a terrible thing to waste.
Here are a few water facts:
• Each time you water your lawn you can be using up to 3,000 gallons of water
• An average American family of 4 can use 400 gallons of water a day
• Standard toilets use about 3.5 gallons of water per flush
• A typical faucet uses about 2 gallons of water per minute
See how easy it can be to help save water, try some of the kid friendly ideas below and start doing your part to change our world.
• Whenever you wash your hands, don’t leave the water running. Wet your hands and turn the water off. Use soap and lather your hands well, then turn the water on to rinse. Turn off the water and make sure it is off completely. Then dry your hands.
• Do the same when you brush your teeth. Turn the faucet on to get your toothbrush and toothpaste wet, and then again to rinse your mouth and toothbrush. Don’t leave the water running while you’re brushing.
• Tell your friends what you’re doing and why and encourage them to do the same.
• Tell adults when faucets are dripping.
• Since baths use a lot of water (about 37 gallons on average), take short showers instead and use only about 20 gallons of water, instead.
• Use a wastebasket for used tissues, or things like gum wrappers, paper towels, or even dead bugs or goldfish. Don’t flush them – the average flush uses as much as 5 gallons of water! Even if the toilets in your house are “low-flow” toilets, using them for trash still uses 1.5 gallons of water unnecessarily.
In the summertime, it’s fun to play under the lawn sprinkler. When you do, make sure it’s when the lawn is being watered at the same time.
Do you have other summer water toys that require a running hose? These might be fun, but they also waste gallons and gallons of water.
Even if you do just one thing each day to contribute to your home’s water conservation, you’re doing the right thing!