How Can Schools Help Water Conservation?

How Can Schools Help Water Conservation?

When we think about water conservation oftentimes we imagine scenarios where we need to conserve water on a larger scale. However, preserving water can begin with small steps and on small scales. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to ensure the beginning of water conservation is to promote it at local schools. By educating children and teachers on how to preserve water and where they can save up more water than they consume, we ensure that in the future those children will be more aware of the water consumption. Here are just a few simple ways how you can educate schools to preserve water.

Promote water conservation

With children at schools, it might be a bit tricky to explain why they need to use less water and how they can do it. There are two ways of promoting water conservation. One of them is to create brightly colored posters in classrooms, which will explain how and why children should conserve water. Another way is to make sure teachers dedicate some time during classes to educate children about preserving water. By constant exposure to this topic in various forms, children will know what to do to preserve water and why it is important.

Use buckets of water

If your school is equipped with a science lab or an art room, it is best to ask the school administration to provide those rooms with a couple of buckets. One of the ways how water can be preserved during art class is to clean the paintbrushes in one bucket. This will save a significant amount of water on a yearly basis, and students will learn that they can reuse this water. If the school administration does not provide your class with buckets for water, but you have a sink in the classroom, you can simply use the drain plug during the science or art lesson.

Report leaks around campus

Either in the bathrooms or in the hallways, students are usually the first ones to notice water leaks and report them to teachers. One of the fastest ways to stop water leaks and preserve water is to report it to the maintenance people or find a plumber who will deal with the issue immediately. Oftentimes, children do not turn off the faucets in the bathrooms and they leave the water running. Maintenance people or cleaning staff can be tasked with checking the bathrooms on a daily basis to prevent this and to make sure there is no water wastage.

Install smart metering

With the help of an outside organization that installs water meters, you will be able to measure exactly how much water is being used on a daily basis. Before installing the meter, however, you can also conduct a school water audit. The audit will help identify areas where more water is used than necessary, and what can be done to reduce that usage. Sometimes it’s a matter of upgrading plumbing to a more efficient variety. 

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