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Ways Kids Can Save Water

author image Andrea Peck
Based in California, Andrea Peck has been writing science-related articles since 2006. Her articles have appeared in "The Rogue Voice," "Information Press" and "The Tribune." Peck holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a minor in biology from San Diego State University.
Ways Kids Can Save Water
Parents' can teach the next generation the importance of water conservation. Photo Credit Christopher Robbins/Photodisc/Getty Images

Scientists tell us that only 1 percent of the earth's water is usable. As populations continue to increase, it is crucial to learn methods to conserve this precious resource. Making small changes at home can add up over the long run. Informing the adult public is necessary to encourage the implementation of new habits, but children should be equal participants in learning the many ways to save water.

Take A Tour

Ways Kids Can Save Water
Teaching a child about the world's water supply will benefit us all. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Before expecting your child to start saving water, take the time to explain that water is a limited natural resource that needs to be conserved. Show your child around the house and give her examples of careful water use and water waste. Make a comparison of shower versus bath water use by collecting the water for each and measuring the water levels. Project this difference over a week or even a year. Use examples that are relevant to your child, such as 'this amount of water over a year will fill a swimming pool.' Give your child the knowledge that she, as small as she may be, has the power to make a real difference.

Turn It Off

Ways Kids Can Save Water
Include children in household chores such as mopping the floor or washing the windows to show how water can be saved. Photo Credit michaeljung/iStock/Getty Images

Running water can turn into gallons of waste in a matter of minutes. Show your child how much water is wasted by turning on a faucet and letting it run into a bucket or a plastic gallon milk jug for a short period of time. Then show your child how that water can be used to water plants, clean windows or wash the car. When your child sees the largess that can occur in the blink of an eye, she develops a greater sense of the immediacy of turning off the faucet. Teach your child to turn off water when she is brushing her teeth and to turn it on when water is needed for rinsing. Similarly, have your child soap her hands with the water off, using it only to rinse.

Collect Water

Ways Kids Can Save Water
The water saved in this rain barrel can be used again. Photo Credit EJ-J/iStock/Getty Images

Water collection methods vary from small and simple to large and complex. Simply placing a bucket in the shower with your child or outdoors during the rain collects sufficient water for house plants or window cleaning. A larger system, such as a rain barrel, collects water that runs from the roof into the rain gutters. Contemporary rain barrels are decorative and usually equipped with a hose attachment.

The Great Outdoors

Ways Kids Can Save Water
Some drought tolerant plants are yarrow, purple coneflowers, and lavender. Photo Credit Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Your child can help decrease water needs outside your home and get her hands dirty in the bargain. Incorporating drought-tolerant plantings in your yard or garden is fun for your child. Most nurseries have a wide variety of drought-tolerant plants. Have your child select plants that she finds appealing. Let her help with the planting and care. Teach her that incorporating compost, adding mulch and keeping weeds to a minimum boosts soil and retains water.

Tell A Friend

Ways Kids Can Save Water
Your water-saving ideas will influence your children and will "trickle down" to their friends. Photo Credit Roger Weber/Photodisc/Getty Images

Kids love to talk. Encourage your child to pass on water conservation ideas to her friends and other adults. You child may be small, but her influence may be immeasurable.

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