Water Conservation Tips For Kids

Help your children save water with these water conservation tips just for them – for their sake and their children’s sake.

Who doesn’t envision a bright future for their children? Surely, you never dreamed the shortage of water could impact that vision. Drought or no drought, we must all now think differently about the way we use water.

Use these water conservation tips for your kids to preserve the future you always envisioned for them – one with water.

  1. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  2. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  3. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.
  4. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap. This way, every drop goes down you and not the drain.
  5. If you accidentally drop ice cubes, don’t throw them in the sink. Drop them in a house plant instead.
  6. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  7. Washing dark clothes in cold water saves water and energy, and helps your clothes retain their color.
  8. Shorten your shower by a minute or two.
  9. Time your shower to keep it under 5 minutes.
  10. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.
  11. Turn off the water while washing your hair.
  12. When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.
  13. Take 5-minute showers instead of baths.
  14. Drop tissues in the trash instead of flushing them and save water every time.
  15. One drip every second adds up to five gallons per day! Check your faucets and showerheads for leaks.
  16. Turn off faucets tightly after each use.
  17. When the kids want to cool off, use the sprinkler in an area where your lawn needs it most.
  18. Encourage your school system and local government to develop and promote water conservation among children and adults.
  19. Play fun games while learning how to save water!
  20. Monitor your water bill for unusually high use. Your bill and water meter are tools that can help you discover leaks.
  21. Learn how to use your water meter to check for leaks.
  22. Reward kids for the water-saving tips they follow.
  23. Avoid recreational water toys that require a constant flow of water.
  24. Be a leak detective! Check all hoses, connectors, and faucets regularly for leaks.
  25. See a leak you can’t fix? Tell a parent, teacher, employer, or property manager, or call a handyman.
  26. At home or while staying in a hotel, reuse your towels.
  27. Make suggestions to your employer or school about ways to save water and money.
  28. Run your washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  29. Don’t overfill the pool. Lower water levels will reduce water loss due to splashing.
  30. Keep water in the pool when playing, it will save water.
  31. Use a hose nozzle or turn off the water while you wash your car. You’ll save up to 100 gallons every time.
  32. Wash your pets outdoors, in an area of your lawn that needs water.
  33. When cleaning out fish tanks, give the nutrient-rich water to your non-edible plants.
  34. When you give your pet fresh water, don’t throw the old water down the drain. Use it to water your trees or shrubs.
  35. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean patios, sidewalks and driveways, and save water every time.

Visit our water conservation FAQ page to get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about water usage and conservation.

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