8 Ways to Teach Child to Reuse, Recycle & Conserve Water
Created by Ankita A Talwar Updated on Jan 19, 2020
Small steps taken today, such as conserving water, make the world a better place for our children tomorrow.
Last month, on Water Conservation Day, we started an initiative that promises our children a better world tomorrow. We asked all our parents to suggest ways to conserve water and were overwhelmed with not only the responses but also by the variety of suggestions. An in keeping with our promise, here are all the ideas in one blog for you to follow and get inspired from.
8 Activities to Teach Child Water Conservation
Here are some simple ways in which you can teach your children to reuse, recycle, and conserve water. An important read for all conscientious parents because every small step counts.
- Bucket Bath Wins: Teach children to limit the use of the shower while taking a bath. Here’s more: On an average, a five-minute shower, even with low-flow showerheads uses up to 35 liters of water whereas a standard bucket is 15-20 liters only!
- Bottle Savers: Empty water bottles in flowerbeds or plants rather than throwing the water. A great way to initiate young ones into gardening as well.
- Tap Tales: Turn off the tap when scrubbing soap during hand washing. Our tip: Practise the same when brushing teeth.
- Tap Police: Check the taps of the house when leaving home to avoid wastage due to leak/drip. Bonus: You will save the walls from seepage too.
- Rain Recycle: Collect the rainwater to water plants, mop, or even for some pool fun. But, if using for splash pool, take a short bath after, because the rainwater, especially from the first rains, also washes down pollutants, dust, and other impurities from the air.
- Skip the Hose: Wash cycles or scooters, using a bucket and a sponge rather than a hosepipe.
- Glasses Galore: Identify and stick to one glass to drink water through the day. Water wastage through repeatedly washing of glasses is controlled.
- Know Your Thirst: In restaurants, get the waiter to fill the glass only when you need it. Parents moment: mess through spillage is controlled too.
Ways You Adults Can Conserve Water
Here are some more water conservation ideas for adults, parent to follow:
- Recycle the water from washing daals, rice, veggies to water plants. Keep a small bucket handy near the sink and collect water in that for later use.
- Use the soapy water discarded from the washing machine for mopping purposes or washing the mop, dusters, footmats, etc.
- Water from toddlers splash pools or tub baths can be used for mopping of the outdoor areas or washrooms.
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- Install low water/half water flush units in the bathrooms.
- Wash utensils before food dry out in them. Less water will be required.
- Use the discarded water from RO systems for various household chores. Almost, 70% of the water is wasted each time the filter fills itself.
So, these are few tips to teach children to start conserving water right from world water days towards better of India. Do share your thoughts and tips in the comments section.
| Jul 30, 2015
If you are constructing a new house, get a split sink or twin sink wherein one outlet is connected to rainwater harvester so that the water used to wash vegetables, hands may a times, r. o water, water from used glasses and bottles goes to this harvester which is reused for gardening and washing.
| Jul 30, 2015
I believe that we have to do a lot more in preserving our environment, and have made changes in my life that can contribute even if a minuscule. We reuse water as much as possible - clean the floor without chemicals, collect kitchen water, rare showers, no chemical cloth cleansers so clothes are safe and we can also collect the used water - all used for plants/ mopping balconies/ cleaning mop head. If there is a running tap, my 2 year old son now says, "the rivers are crying, turn the tap off"! Children learn a lot by observing us.