This article is by Andrea Davis and published by ImproveNet
Fresh, drinkable water is a limited resource that is necessary to our survival. More than 97% of the water on Earth is salt water and must be treated before we can use it in everyday life to cook, clean, and consume. The remaining percentage of water that is fresh and useable to humans is mostly frozen or stored underground as ground water. For these reasons and many more, it is important to do your part in conserving water at home. Discover how you can use water more efficiently and preserve the limited stock of water that we have on Earth with these simple ideas and tips!
- Water is a Limited Resource
- Water Resources and Scarcity
- Water Saving Ideas for Kids
- Why Save Water
- Fun Water Facts
- Water Conservation for Kids
- Learn More About Water
- Green Facts: Water Resources
- Environmental Information for Kids
- Water Conservation Improvement Ideas for Children
To conserve means to protect or preserve something from harm or destruction. When we think about conserving water, we need to consider the ways in which we are using it, and how our other day-to-day actions have a direct effect on water. For example, say you are standing by a lake enjoying a can of soda. When you are done with the soda, you toss the can into the lake. While you are not using the water directly, you are still damaging the water by polluting it, and therefore not doing your part to conserve the water! Conserving water is easy to do. Start by thinking about the ways you use water every day. You drink water. You use water to clean dishes, brush your teeth, and wash your body. By evaluating all of the ways in which you use water, you can then start to think about ways you can conserve that water.
Think about when you brush your teeth in the morning. You may leave the water running to periodically rinse your toothbrush. By turning the water off while you brush and only turning it back on when you are going to use it, you will help to conserve water! Another way you can conserve water is by taking notice of how long your showers are. By shortening your shower by one or two minutes every day, you can conserve hundreds of gallons a year! In a similar way, you use water to clean other things around your house besides yourself, like your dishes. Instead of getting a fresh glass every time you want a drink, use the same glass throughout the day. If you wash your dishes in the sink, when it comes time to wash, fill a small bucket in the sink with soapy water and use that to wash dishes instead of running a constant stream of water. If you are using a dishwasher to clean your dishes, make sure it is full to capacity before you run it. Another way to conserve water is to find ways to recycle water that is already in use. For example, if you have a pet, use their old water to freshen pots of plants before you re-fill the bowl with new water for your pet to drink. Yet another way that you can help to conserve water is to keep your parents aware of any leaks you come across in your house. You may be the first one to notice the problem, and telling an adult as soon as you recognize an issue can help to have it resolved more quickly.
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- Ways Kids Can Help Save Water
- Water Conservation Around Your Home
- Fun and Simple Ways to Save Water (PDF)
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- How Can I Save Water?
- Water Conservation Improvement Activities
- Fun Water Facts and Conservation Activities
It’s important to remember that we have a limited supply of water that we can use, and that millions of people need to use this water every single day. As long as you are aware of how important water is and how vital it is to conserve it, you are already one step ahead of the game. With these tips, you can do your part to conserve the limited amounts of water that we have available to us. Share these ideas with your family and friends to inspire them to conserve water with you. If everyone does their part, we will never have to worry about running out of water!