Everyday we strive hard to make our children literate and focus on their growth and development. However, do you ever wonder about how important it is to educate our children about conserving one of the most important natural resources?
Here are some easy ways to help you get started with your own water conservation work at home and get your young children to help you.
Turn off the water faucets.
Encourage your child to use minimum water when brushing his/her teeth or washing hands. Positive reinforcements are necessary to make sure your child learns the rules.
Check if faucets are tight and not leaking.
If you hear a faucet or flush leaking, ask your child to investigate which faucet it is and turn it off tightly. You can also make a fun experiment out of this to motivate your child, by filling the flush tank with some coloured water and if the water in the pot turns coloured without flushing, you have detected the leakage.
A single flush can waste up to 5 gallons of water. Teach your child to use bin to throw away things like tissues or cut nails rather than flushing every time.
Start a garden together.
One of the best ways to teach your child about saving water is to start a garden together, maybe just a plant, if you don’t have enough time or space. Take some moong seeds, spout them and show them how water is life and how plants help in conserving water.
Be a good role model.
If you keep the tap on while brushing your teeth or waste all the water that your drinking water purifier drains out, your kids are noticing you. Fill in a bucket to take a bath and show them how you avoid wasting water.
Start rainwater harvesting.
Collect and store rain water in barrels. Ask your child to correctly place barrels to optimize water collection. Use this water later to water the plants or clean it for household usage. Your child is going to learn and effectively practice it, when you model it at home and encourage him/her.
Awareness about the world around.
Your child is old enough to understand that the world around him/her is different and will quickly grasp if you tell him/her that there was parts where there is an acute shortage of water.
We might think that our child is too young to understand and practice saving water, but it’s never too early to make him/her aware.