We often take for granted the ability to turn on a faucet and get clean water to drink or cook with, because it’s really hard not to. Water is not only essential to our human body, it also plays a vital role in our daily lives. We use water to do countless things every single day, such as: drinking, cleaning, cooking, for our pets, and to grow our plants. For so many of us, we just turn on the faucet, and the fresh and drinkable water comes out, simple as that. Now, imagine instead that you had to scoop water in a dry riverbed or walk miles and miles for it everyday?
There are millions of people all around the world struggle with finding clean water so it’s time to pay attention and teach our kids ways that we can help to conserve water here at home. Kids may not think they can do much to help, but they can! Kids can still make a huge impact simply by learning to use water wisely at home and changing the way their families and classmates use water. Even a few small changes can end up saving hundreds of gallons of water every year!
So, whether you’re ready to take shorts showers or to check your home for leaks, there are lots of easy and simple ways that you can do to help conserve water around your house. Don’t worry if you can’t do everything on this list at once. Just pick a few things to start with your family and add later if you can. Kids Learn by Doing. Inspire your children to care about world issues and create change. Check out these water-saving ideas to get you started:
In the Bathroom
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth
- Take showers instead of baths- it uses less water
- Take short showers
- Don’t let the water run while soaping up or shampooing
- Reuse towels to do less laundry
- Using a container to catch water from the shower, use it to mop!
- Tell adults about leaky faucets or toilets
In the Kitchen
- Turn off the kitchen faucet when finish using water.
- If you want to help with dishes, remember to wait until you have a full load to use your dishwasher.
- Know that dishwashers often use less water than washing by hand or fill up your sink with water and wash the dishes all at once instead of washing one-by-one under running water
- Don’t waste your food scraps – try composting!
- Got ice cubes left over in water glasses after a party? Toss them in a plant’s soil.
- Using a large glass or a container to collect the water left over in the teapot each morning and use it to water the plants.
- Save water while filling your glass. Don’t keep running the faucet until the water gets cold enough to drink. Fill up a large water bottle and keep it in the fridge instead.
- If you do wash a car, turn off the hose between rinses.
- Remind adults to adjust sprinklers so they water only plant or lawn areas – not the sidewalk, driveways and your neighbor’s front yard.
- Use a broom to clean a deck or driveway instead of hosting it with water.
- Adding compost to your garden soil reduces how much water they need.
- Water the plants in the morning or evening when it’s cooler, to reduce evaporation.
- Collect rainwater and use it for the plants.
In the new WordFire Press’ Danielle, Chronicles of a Superheroine book by author, inventor, and futurist Ray Kurzweil the main character, Danielle, tries to save the world, one small problem at a time. This book, geared towards older kids and tweens, helps to teach young girls that anyone can change the world. One whole chapter is devoted to the world water crisis, and after your kids read this book, these ideas here can give them more ways to be a be a superhero and help to save the world in their own way! Remember to teach your kids that you don’t have to be an adult to change the world- even the smallest child can help out. One of the best messages in the book is perfect for kids: Change is waiting. Remind your children that even if we can’t start big, we can still start small. This new book will be released in January 2019- pre-order it now! Read more about my thoughts on it here.
Conserving water is one day way to get your kids involved in making the world a little better. Pick your favorite idea and get started today!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.