Teach Your Kids about Water Conservation

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World Water Day is a great opportunity to teach your kids about water conservation.

World Water Week:  27 August – 1 September, 2017

Water, water everywhere

The human body consists of up to 60% water; the brain is composed of 70% water; the lungs are nearly 90% water. Outside the body, water is an expensive commodity, though it might not seem that way to some of us who are lucky enough to have access to a cheap, plentiful supply. More than a billion people have inadequate access to water; children in some parts of the world spend an entire day walking just for a container of usable water.

Here are some ways you can teach your kids to appreciate this life-giving resource and help make sure there’s enough for everyone on the planet.

Teach kids water conservation

  1. Brushing teeth: Don’t keep water running while brushing; turn it on for flushing and rinsing only.
  2. Shower and bath: To minimize your time with running water, you can shampoo and soap while water is off, then rinse off when done. If taking a bath, use eco-friendly soap and shampoo (to keep harmful chemicals out of lakes and rivers) and re-use the bath water for watering your garden or trees in front of your house. You can also save water when bathing a toddler by using an inflatable float.
  3. When at home, consider the option of not flushing your toilet every time you urinate; this practice will save gallons of clean water (this is not recommended at school or other public spaces).
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