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8 Ways to Teach Child to Reuse, Recycle & Conserve Water

Ankita A Talwar
3 to 7 years

Created by Ankita A Talwar
Updated on May 07, 2019

8 Ways to Teach Child to Reuse Recycle Conserve Water

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.

[Know - How to Educate Child About World Water Day?]

  • 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.

[Also KnowWays to Inspire Child to Save Water]

  • 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.

 

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| Sep 21, 2018

I love this. I will teach it to my kids and myself starting today. Thank you.

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| May 27, 2017

place a one litre water bottle inside flush tank and when machine throws water after rinsing collect that water for cleaning.... also club ur washload

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| May 30, 2016

I have forced my son to use half a bucket for bathing... we must make them see the crisis which many places are going through so they get hands on information and educate about the blunders of being careless

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| Apr 27, 2016

Fill RO waste water to water plants or mopping... as water filtered is only 25% whereas the water going waste is 75%. Can also use it to fill washing machines to do the laundry. I do it all and it's a great satisfying feeling.

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| Apr 26, 2016

Useful tips

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| Apr 26, 2016

very useful tips... each one should try to implement it....

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| Mar 22, 2016

Thanks for the different ideas.

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| Mar 21, 2016

Vry useful ideas

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| Nov 05, 2015

Nice ideas... Sure we will educate the children

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| Sep 03, 2015

Yes. We need to educate our kids about conserving natural resources

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| Aug 08, 2015

Wow lovely ideas

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| Aug 07, 2015

We practise most of them already. Nice that they are shared.

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| Aug 01, 2015

Nice n useful tips

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| Jul 31, 2015

Very useful tips... All parents should follow... So their children will start following.... Good job in collecting and sharing these useful thougths...

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| Jul 31, 2015

Very nice tips... We need to teach our kids to conserve our natural resources for their future... Good job????

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| 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.

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| 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.

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| Jul 30, 2015

Nice initiative if everybody of us show bit interest in these and what a learning for kids-)

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| Jul 30, 2015

Good mesg

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| Jul 30, 2015

Gud one

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| Jul 30, 2015

We use the waste water from RO water purifier for mopping, plants n washing the car.

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| Jul 30, 2015

Good awareness ..we'll try to follow

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| Jul 30, 2015

Should surely follow these, to give a better future to our kids.

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| Apr 15, 2014

Very useful tips..

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