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Water Conservation Lesson for Kids: Facts & Importance

Instructor: Lauren Scott

Lauren has a Master's degree in special education and has taught for more than 10 years.

This lesson will teach you about water conservation, with a focus on the water our households use every day. You will learn simple ways to reduce the amount of water you use.

Water, Water Everywhere!

Think of all the ways you use water every day. You drink it, brush your teeth with it, and maybe even go swimming in it. The best part is that it always seems to be there! It comes out of the faucet every time you turn it on, and you can boil water for mac and cheese anytime you want. Well, maybe. The world has lots of water, but it also has lots of living things that need it, and not all of it can be used.

Water is essential for life.
water droplet

Water covers about 70% of the planet's surface, and only 3% of that is freshwater that contains little or no salt. Most of that freshwater is frozen, which means that only about 1% of all the water on Earth is available for drinking and other uses. That's why it is so important to take care of the water we have. We can practice water conservation by only using what we need and by keeping our water clean.

Indoor Water Use

In the United States, the average person uses 185 gallons of water per day, and most of that is used in the bathroom. People need to use water for things like washing their hands, brushing their teeth, bathing, and flushing the toilet.

People can save water by taking quick showers instead of baths and turning off the faucet while brushing their teeth or shaving. As for the toilet, well, flush when needed, but don't keep doing it just so you can watch the water spin!

Remembering to turn off the faucet is a great way to save water!
cat drinking from faucet

People also use lots of water for cooking, cleaning, and, of course, drinking. You can save water by only running the dishwasher when it is full and not turning the faucet on full-blast every time you use it.

Paying attention to washing machine settings is a big help, too. You can use less water if you're only washing a few things. You can even recycle some water! If you're getting ready to change out the water in a pet bowl or a fish tank, you can use it on houseplants.

Outdoor Water Use

Next to the bathroom, the biggest household water gulper is people's lawns. Not everybody has a lawn, but if you do, then you know how much water it can take to keep it green!

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