Did you know that kids can make a very important difference towards water conservation? But first off, why do we even need to know about conserving water? Water is a natural resource that we derive from the Earth. Without it, we would not be able to live! Imagine a world with no water at all. You wouldn't be able to drink it, bathe, swim and so on.
Kids can make a huge impact simply by starting at home and changing the way their families, friends and classmates use water. To get an idea of how much water we could all save if we all made a small effort, think about this: If every person across the nation flushed their toilets one time less every day, together they could all save enough water to fill a lake as large as a mile wide and long and four feet in depth!
Here’s a few things you can do to help save water
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, or washing your hands. (you can save 3 to 5 gallons of water doing this each time you brush!)
- Taking shorter showers instead of baths (Baths take ~ 37 gallons, Showers take ~ 20 gallons)
- Like cold water on hot summer days? Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator.
- Make sure faucets are closed all the way to prevent extra water loss.
- Spread the word! Tell your friends and family what you’re doing to save.
Check out the following websites to learn more!
EPA “WaterSense”: A fun, interactive way to learn about water! Provides the basic info kids need to know about water conservation. Click here to get started!
DC Water For Kids: Offers cartoons, activities, lessons, and workbooks for students to learn about water and ways to conserve our most important natural resource. Click here to get started!
Other Fun Water Games and Resources
- Water Treatment Module: Take a tour of a water treatment plant in this interactive module by the American Water Works Association and learn how water treatment plants work.
- Conserve H20: A water awareness website with many fun games, and activities to learn all about water conservation.
- Water Education Foundation: A site to learn about how Earth’s water works.
- Home Water Works Water Calculator: An interactive way to figure out how much water you use.
- Save Our Water: coloring pages and videos on water conservation.