People can take running water for granted. You turn on the faucet and get safe drinking water or start the shower and get clean water to bathe in, but what if that water was no longer available? Conserving water is not difficult, and parents should teach their children a few good habits that help conserve water to ensure people enjoy clean, fresh water for many years to come.
1: Turn Off The Faucet
Children are notorious for letting the water run while brushing their teeth. You should teach your children to shut off the tap while brushing. They can turn on water to wet the brush beforehand and to rinse their brush and mouth afterward, but while actually doing the brushing, turn it off.
Allowing the water to run while brushing uses 2 gallons of water per minute, so just a couple if minutes of brushing can waste 4 gallons of water. Do this twice day, and that's 8 gallons a day per kid!
2: Take Showers Instead Of Baths
For kids, bath time equals fun time. They can play in the water and even have bubbles, but baths can use 20 gallons of water or more. Taking a 5-minute shower only uses about 10 gallons of water. This is quite a difference, so teaching children to take a quick shower can save water, but they can still take a bath occasionally, which can make bath time even more fun and enjoyable.
3: Use Buckets, Not Hoses
For kids who like to wash their bike or toys outside during summer, teach them to use a bucket of soapy water and only use the hose to give the bike a quick rinse. A water hose can waste up to 5 to 10 gallons of water per minute, while a bucket only holds a few gallons.
4: Stop Pouring Drinking Water Down The Drain
Kids get thirsty when they're out playing, so they run inside let the water run to cool it, get a glass full, take a few gulps and poor the rest down the drain. This can happen several times a day and waste a lot of water. Teach your children to get a glass of water, drink what they want, and put the glass in the refrigerator, so the water is there when they come back to get a drink. You can also buy a water bottle to fill up and keep in the fridge for thirsty kids, so they don't run water from the tap several times a day.
Teaching kids about water conservation are lessons that stay with them into adulthood, so they can continue to take steps necessary to save safe, clean water for future generations. For more information, contact a plumber in your area.
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