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! Now that you know how easy it can be to help save water, try some of the ideas below and start doing your part to change our world.
- Whenever you wash your hands or brush your teeth, don’t leave the water running.
- Tell your friends what you’re doing to save water and encourage them to do the same.
- Tell adults when faucets are dripping.
- Since baths use a lot of water, take short showers instead and use only about 20 gallons of water.
- A regular shower head uses as much as 7 gallons of water every minute. Let adults know they could get a free low-flow shower head at our office.
- Do you have plants in your house? When vegetables or other fresh produce are washed, collect that water and use it to water the plants.
- In the tank part of the toilets in your house, put several drops of food coloring into the water. If you see the coloring seeping into the bowl, there’s a leak. Fixing it can save about 600 gallons of water each month!
- Put a barrel outdoors to catch rain water, then use that water for things like watering plants and save hundreds of gallons of water a year!
- If there is a dishwasher in your house, encourage everyone to scrape their plates rather than rinse them before loading them into the machine. It should always be full before turning it on.
- Is there a leaky faucet or toilet in the bathroom at school? Be sure to let someone know so that it can be repaired.
- If there is a pool or a hot tub at your house, encourage those who use it to cover it afterwards. This prevents evaporation and having to keep refilling.
- If the adults in your home occasionally water the lawn, encourage them to water in the cooler parts of the day (early morning, or at or after sunset), and never on windy days. This keeps in the soil all the water being sprayed instead of most of the water being lost to evaporation.
- Even if you do just one thing each day to contribute to your home’s water conservation, you’re doing the right thing!
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