Top tips for helping children learn about water conservation
Sustainable Development Goals: 6
- SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
The world’s water supply is coming under increasing pressure in a modern society that unfortunately often adopts lots of wasteful habits. Though strides have been made to help make it easier for people to use water more efficiently, there is still a long way to go, and the rising demand for this precious resource means we all need to make a collective effort to address the issue.
Talking about serious topics with children can be a difficult conversation to navigate. Whilst global environmental issues will often be covered in school curriculums, being able to put this learning into practice at home can often be just as important to cement their understanding.
Educating the younger generation about the importance of preserving our natural resources will hopefully help them to take these good habits forward, and learn not to take water, in particular, for granted. So what can you do to get them more engaged with water conservation? Here are some top tips to make the process a little easier for you and more fun for your children.
Get out in the garden
Your garden can be a useful tool in helping to educate the little ones about water conservation since there are lots of different ways we can better manage our water use in this area of the home. Though it may require a little extra patience and effort, make sure to involve your kids in any garden-based activities, from watering the plants to managing any rainwater harvesting system you have in place.
Why not designate a corner of the garden for your kids’ very own section of flowers or vegetables? Take some seeds and encourage them to take good care of their corner, ensuring they practice responsible watering habits, such as using a watering can.
Use online resources
As our understanding of water conservation continues to develop, more and more educational resources are being made available to help address the problem. Particularly if you regularly find yourself telling the kids off for their water-wasting habits, using a different method of delivery could help to better communicate the importance of the subject.
There are resources tailored to different age groups, from primary school children to teenagers. Anglian Water has compiled a list of handy educational resources to help you get the message across, with these tools aimed at a younger audience in particular.
You could also make an effort to get them involved in national or global campaigns to help conserve the use of water. Whether celebrated over a day, week, or on a continual basis, these campaigns are set up to better educate the general public about protecting the water supply.
Get them involved in water-saving activities
Why not get your detective hats on and scour the house for leaks? Across England and Wales, just under three billion liters of water is wasted due to leaky pipes every single day. You can help to limit your own personal water waste by regularly checking your home’s appliances for any leaks or drips that could be damaging to both the environment and your wallet.
Check showerheads, taps, hoses, and toilets together to help get everyone more engaged with water management. If you do notice any leaks, be sure to call a plumber to fix the problem and help keep your water waste to a minimum.
If they’re old enough to help with household chores like washing the cars, then instill good habits when they help you out. For instance, instead of using a hose, fill up a bucket and use a sponge to clean the cars. Leaving a hose running can waste six gallons per minute, so ensure you help the kids make better decisions and better use of your home’s supply.
To sum up
In summary, as the global water crisis reaches boiling point, it’s imperative to involve the younger generations in the education around responsible water management. After all, failing to address the issue now will only create further problems for those who are going to be tasked with cleaning up our planet for years to come.
A great place to start is by providing all the necessary water-saving tools that could help to educate the kids whilst also trimming down your household bills. This way, it will be much easier for them to take on good habits and better understand the reasons behind them. For instance, install low-flow shower heads and explain why they’re better for the environment, and encourage them to use refillable bottles when drinking water rather than cups, which will often waste more.