How To Save Water For Kids (4 Easy Tips)

Some parents or teachers may be interested in teaching children the importance of water conservation from a young age.

In this guide, we outline 4 easy lessons you can teach to kids about saving water.

We’ve adapted this guide around a previous guide about how adults/individuals can save water in their everyday life.

(*Note – this guide contains general information only, and not recommendations or professional advice)

 

Summary – How To Save Water For Kids

There’s 4 simple and easy options that might be taught to children about saving water:

Food/Snacks

Swap a water intensive snack for a less water intensive one (when healthy and safe to do so), and, don’t waste or throw out food that can otherwise be eaten 

 

Shower/Bath

Don’t overfill the bath, and/or don’t have unnecessarily long showers

 

Toilet

Use half flush on toilet as opposed to full flush when safe and suitable to do so (usually when doing a number 1 – urinating)

 

Tap/Faucet

Don’t run the water from a tap so intensely when it’s not required, and try not to leave the tap on for any longer needed.

Fill the sink when suitable as opposed to running water

 

1) Considering The Foods Eaten, & Food Waste

This involves:

– Swapping a water intensive snack option like a chocolate bar for a less water intensive snack like a banana, apple or orange.

Read more about the average water footprint of different foods here (waterfootprint.org) 

– Not wasting food, or throwing out food when it can otherwise be eaten.

Food has a water footprint to grow and produce, and that indirect water usage is wasted when food is wasted

 

Looking at the numbers – there is more water that goes into making a chocolate bar compared to a banana when looking at it on a per weight basis:

It takes … 450 gallons (1700 liters) of water to make a typical 3.5-ounce (100-gram) chocolate bar. That’s about ten bathtubs of water for one bar of chocolate. Most of those gallons are consumed by the cocoa plants in the field.

 

– blog.nationalgeographic.org

 

The global average water footprint (per kg) is 860 litres for bananas, and 24,000 litres for chocolate

– waterfootprint.org

 

Read more about food water footprints and wasted food in these guides:

Foods & Crops That Take The Most Water To Produce & Make

How To Decrease The Water Footprint In The Foods You Eat 

 

2) Shorter Showers/Baths With Less Water

Two pretty easy steps to follow:

Don’t overfill the bath more than necessary

And, set a reasonable time limit for using the shower

 

Another option is to fit your shower with a water efficient fixture/shower head for your kids to use.

 

3) Half Flush On Toilet

Most toilets these days should come with a full flush and half flush option.

As long as it is safe and practical to do so, teaching kids to use the half flush for number 1’s (urinating) is one way to save water over using full flush all the time.

 

4) Run Tap/Faucet At Lower Speed, & No Longer Than Needed

Two things to keep in mind:

– Not turning the tap on full speed when it isn’t required

– And, being mindful about how long the tap is run for.

Kids can also fill a sink instead of running the tap when washing dishes

 

Also, fitting taps/faucets with water efficient heads is another way to save water when your kids use them.

 

Water Use & Saving Water In The Home

Read more in these guides:

How Much Water We Use At Home & How We Use It

How Much Water Common Household Appliances & Devices Use

How To Save Water At Home

 

Sources

1. https://www.bettermeetsreality.com/how-much-water-we-use-at-home-how-we-use-it/

2. https://waterfootprint.org/media/downloads/Hoekstra-2008-WaterfootprintFood.pdf 

3. https://blog.nationalgeographic.org/2015/02/12/love-water-for-chocolate/

4. https://www.bettermeetsreality.com/how-to-save-water-in-daily-life-simple-steps/

5. https://www.bettermeetsreality.com/foods-that-take-the-most-water-to-produce-make/

6. https://www.bettermeetsreality.com/how-to-decrease-the-water-footprint-with-the-foods-you-eat/

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