Cant Get Your Kids to Save Water Try These 5 Tips
Right now California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in its history. The water shortage is so severe that in January Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency.
We each have a role to play in conservation – whether it’s turning off the lights, recycling our plastics or shortening our showers by a couple of minutes. But how do you make that responsibility meaningful to your kids? It’s a challenge.
So here are 5 simple water-wise tips you can practice yourself and with your kiddos!
1. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
When you’re teaching your little ones how to take care of their teeth, also explain the importance of turning off the water while they brush. Turning the tap off while brushing in the morning and at night can save up to8 gallons of water a day!
2. Take a shower instead of a bath.
If your kids are old enough to bathe themselves, encourage them to take showers instead of baths. Baths take up to 70 gallons of water, while showers can use as little as 10. Also encourage your kiddos to take quick showers. There are waterproof timers (can they get it all done in 5 minutes?) you can stick on the shower wall for a friendly reminder. If you do take a bath, don’t wait for the water to warm up to plug the drain. Either use a bucket to catch the colder water to use later for plants or a pet, or plug the drain right away and adjust the temperature as the tub fills up.
3. Use ice cubes to water plants.
Kids are notorious for dropping ice cubes on the floor. But instead of throwing unused ice in the sink, toss it on a plant (inside or out!). And, consider using ice to water plants regularly. It allows them to absorb the moisture more slowly and normally uses less than traditional watering.
4. Keep an eye out for leaks.
Tell your kids to let you know right away if they see any leaks or dripping faucets in the bathroom, kitchen or even the hoses in the backyard. Here’s an experiment you can do with your kids to check your toilets for leaks. Put a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank, and if the color shows up in the bowl without flushing it, then you have a leak! Always make sure to fix any leaks you find as quickly as possible. A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water every day!
5. Don't leave the faucet running while washing dishes.
Set a good example for your kids. Don’t leave the water running while you’re doing the dishes, and it will teach them to do the same!
While it’s especially important to do our part during a drought, we should strive to save water – our most precious resource – all the time.
Mostly, we take our supply of clean water for granted. The California drought is a wakeup call. Billions of people around the world not only don’t have enough water but, by our standards, it’s not even close to clean and drinkable. And according to the World Bank, there are still close to 800 million people worldwide that don’t have access to any improved water source. So let’s appreciate and conserve what we have. These 5 tips are easy and habit forming – in a good way!