Posted on March 22, 2017 by CHS
Water is an essential necessity for human life. Water has an impact on so many things around us from marine life to every living being on Earth! Although we may wish that there was an unlimited supply of water, that’s just not the case. Water is a limited resource and it is crucial to learn how to best conserve water for the future.
March 22nd is World Water day. It is an international day of observance that encourages people to not only learn more about how water impacts the lives of others, but also to teach people new ways to positively impact water usage worldwide. Parents can use this day to teach their children about the importance of water.
The following are activities you can do with your child to help him understand the importance of water.
- Take a Family Trip: Plan a trip to the ocean, lake, or aquarium and see firsthand how many forms of life depend on water. Seeing the necessity of water in person will help your child understand the impacts water has on every living being.
- Be a Detective: Put on your detective gadgets and lead your child around the house to look for any leaks.
- Start a Garden: Take a seed from the original package, add some water, and watch the seed grow. Planting a garden may not teach your child about conserving water, but it shows how important water is for plants, flowers, fruits, and vegetables to develop.
You can use the following tips to help you and your child conserve water every day:
- Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip.
- Get your child into a habit of bringing out all of her dirty laundry at once for the fullest loads possible. It’s a waste to run the washing machine with just few pieces of clothing.
- Take short showers! Preparing a bath requires a large amount of water. Accustom your child to taking only five-minute showers. This habit will carry on into adulthood.
- Use either low-flow shower heads or adjustable flow-reducer devices on your shower heads. These will reduce flow by at least 25 percent.
- When hand-washing dishes, never run water continuously. Wash dishes in a partially filled sink and then rinse them using the spray attachment on your tap.
- If you or your child is waiting for the shower to heat up, put a bucket in it to catch the water instead of letting it go down the drain. You can use it to water your house plants or garden plants together with your child.
- When your child is brushing his teeth, get him into the habit of turning off the water. Leaving the water on while brushing is an unnecessary waste.
- By installing low-flush toilets, you can reduce water usage by 40% to 50%.
- Plant drought-tolerant or low water-use plants and grasses.
- Water lawns every three to five days, rather than for a short period every day. In warm weather, no more than five millimeters of water is needed per day.
Children are our future and, as parents, it is your responsibility to teach children to care for their environment now and in the future.
Below are books you can read with your child to help her understand more about water conservation:
- Why Should I Save Water? by Jen Green
- Water Dance by Thomas Locker
- A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley
- The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel
- The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet by Meredith Hooper
- Watch Over Our Water by Lisa Bullard
- by Frank Asch
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