Going back to school can bring thoughts of autumn weather and homework. Water conservation in the classroom is not always a top priority, but we think it should be!
You might be thinking that there isn’t very much you can do to conserve water at school and in the classroom, but we have some ideas for you.
One of the first steps in water conservation is creating awareness. If you’re a teacher, consider creating a lesson that revolves around water conservation. For younger students, try a fun activity such as an edible aquifer or a water bracelet.
If you’re a parent and your child is not learning about water conservation at school, try teaching a small lesson. Even reading a book or watching a short video can help your child to realize the importance of water conservation.
The place where students and teachers have the most control over water conservation is the bathroom. Make sure that the faucet is completely turned off and the toilet is no longer running before leaving the bathroom. If something seems to be leaking or off, notify maintenance so that they can fix the problem.
A lot of schools already have energy-efficient equipment. If yours does not, make a suggestion to the school administration about replacing the old equipment. Dishwashers and other large appliances can use a great deal of water and energy.
Reuse water as much as possible in the classroom. If there is ever any leftover water from water bottles, consider watering a classroom plant or cleaning something with the water. Making sure that all water is put to good use is key to conservation.
Conserving water outside is important, too. If your school has a field or any kind of grass on the property, suggest setting the mower blades to 2-3 inches high. This way, the grass will be left long enough to shade the soil, which will allow for moisture retention and protect the grass from drought.
Water conservation is always important, don’t let it fall by the wayside this back to school season. With a little knowledge and creativity, water conservation can be easy and enjoyable for everyone!