W = Water Wisdom
Talk to children about the importance of water conservation.
Clean drinking water is something that many families assume is and will always be readily available. We turn on the tap and clean water comes out, like magic. The reality, however, is that our water supply needs to be protected and our resources conserved if we hope to have clean water available all over the world for future generations. Preventing pollution keeps water safe for drinking, while conservation reduces operating costs and the need to expand water infrastructures. Wasting water has dire consequences, for our oceans and land, and for our everyday life. Water equals life, so it is one of our most important resources. The good thing is our children come into contact with water so many times a day and have a natural affinity with our oceans and waterways that we have lots of reachable, teachable moments to share with them to talk about the importance of water conservation and protection.
The average American uses 100 gallons of water every day!
- Replace faucets and shower heads. Leaks account for as much as 14% of the water used in the United States. Replace leaky faucets and shower heads with low-flow models to eliminate waste.
- Shut the water off when you brush your teeth. Get kids involved in water conservation by teaching them to turn off the faucet when the water isn’t being used.
- Adopt your watershed. Get involved as a family to help monitor the safety of your local watershed, organize trash pickups in the area, and educate your community about your local watershed.
- Landscape your yard with native plants. Using plants indigenous to your region reduces (and may even eliminate) the need for additional watering. If you do need to water, water in the early mornings or late evenings to avoid losing water to evaporation.
- Take lots of family trips to lakes, oceans and rivers! Learn about season and environmental water changes, aquatic creatures and groovy water plants. Teach children the impact of pollution and find ways to participate in cleaning up shores. By visiting natural water destinations you’ll foster a fundamental love of everything from springs to waterfalls to rolling tides, and your children will be lifelong advocates of water conservation.