Many people in the world do not have enough clean water to drink or to use for washing themselves and their food. You can find ways to use less every day, and clever ways to re-use it.
Here are some of them:
1. Turn off the faucets
When brushing your teeth or scrubbing your soapy hands and face, turn off the faucet so you don’t let water just run down the drain.
2. Tightly turn off the faucets
Check the faucets in your home to make sure they are tightly turned off! A small, slow drip that can waste a lot of water over time.
3. To flush, or not to flush?
Okay, if it’s number 2, you should definitely flush. But each time a toilet is flushed, it uses about 5 gallons of water. If you just have to go number 1, you don’t have to flush every time. (Ask your adult about this first!)
4. Watering the grass
Collect “old” water from leftover bottles, half-drank cups or boiling eggs, (after it has cooled) and use it for your grass and bushes instead of turning on the sprinklers or the hose in the middle of the day. Your plants, grass and flowers would love what you would normally pour down the drain!
5. Washing your pet
Wash your pet outside, in an area of the lawn that needs to be hydrated! You’ll get a clean pet and a happy lawn too!
For more games, learning and fun about water conservation, ask your adult to visit wateruseitwisely.com and discoverwater.org.