Everyday Water Saving Tips For Kids
In the Bathroom
- Fill a gallon plastic bottle with water and place it in your toilet tank. (The part in the back!) It will take up the same space as the water usually does, but in a year, it will keep 5,000 gallons of water from going down the drain.
- Don’t let the tap run while brushing your teeth. Try rinsing the brush with short bursts of water.
- Take shorter showers. Make it a game. Keep an egg timer in the bathroom and see who can get their showers down to three minutes. (And still get clean!)
- When running a bath, plug the tub before you start.
- Reuse your towels after a shower instead of throwing them in the dirty laundry.
- Drop your tissue in the trash instead of flushing it and save water every time.
- Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
- When you are washing your hands, don't let the water run while you lather.
In the Kitchen
- Eat food that has a smaller water footprint. A simple way to do this is to add a “Meatless Mondays” or “Raw Food Fridays” to your calendar.
- When washing dishes, fill up the basin and rinse the dishes in it instead of running water over each dish and piece of cutlery.
- While waiting for tap water to get hot, catch it in a jug or bucket to use for watering plants.
- Boiling your vegetables? You can reuse that water to make some very nutritious soup.
- Keep a jug of water in your fridge if you like to drink cold water so that you don’t have to run your tap to get the right temperature.
- Do not put your batteries in the garbage! The mercury in old batteries will eventually leak out and poison nearby water. Collect your batteries and drop them off at a “Hazardous materials site.”
- Ice still left in your glass? Give it to the plants instead of putting it in the sink!
- When you give your pet fresh water, don't throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
- If you like to play in the sprinklers in the summertime, do so only when your parents are going to water the lawn anyway! Better yet, fill up a wading pool to cool off instead and use the water on the garden or to wash the car afterwards. Don’t wash your clothes unless they are dirty.
- Make a rain barrel and use the collected rain water on plants, the garden or bird bath.
- Make sure to tell all your friends ways to conserve water.