Stop that Drip!

5 things kids can do to save water

Stop that Drip!

5 things kids can do to save water

Are you a kid who wants to help save our planet by conserving water? Are you a teacher looking for resources to share with your students? Are you a parent searching for ways to show your family how to use less water every day? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve arrived at the right place. And if you answered no to these questions, then YOU should definitely be here too.

Stop That Drip! was our team project for the First LEGO League’s Hydrodynamics Challenge. We did a lot of research about water (both globally and locally) and then asked 135 kids in our school what they knew about water conservation. When we looked at the survey results, It became clear that we had our project — we needed a fun way to show kids how they could save water!

Please take a few minutes to answer the questions (click to see the answer) and then watch our video.

Water survey kid says watch our video and learn to save water
70% of the earth is covered in water. How much is suitable for drinking?

Less than 1% of earth’s water is drinkable

Facts
The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact less than 1 percent is available for human use. The rest is either salt water found in oceans, fresh water frozen in the polar ice caps, or too inaccessible for practical usage. While population and demand on freshwater resources are increasing, supply will always remain constant.

Source: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/how-we-use-water

How much water do you waste if you brush your teeth twice a day and leave the water running (in gallons)?

7 gallons of water per day

Facts
Just by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime, you can save up to 8 gallons of water! That adds up to more than 200 gallons a month, enough to fill a huge fish tank that holds 6 small sharks!

Source: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-kids
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Do you leave the water running while putting soap on your hands while washing?

No, I turn off the water while I scrub my hands with soap.

Facts
The average American washes his or her hands nearly 9 times per day. If you follow guidelines to scrub your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, you could save at least 6 gallons per day by turning off the tap while you scrub.

Source: https://sustainability.ncsu.edu/blog/changeyourstate/6-times-you-should-turn-off-the-tap-to-save-water/

Does a dishwasher use more water than washing dishes by hand?

Dishwashers use less water

Facts
An energy-efficient dishwasher typically uses as little as 4 gallons of water per cycle, whereas hand washing can use up to 20 gallons. Just make sure you only run the dishwasher when it is full. Don’t have a dishwasher? Scrape your dirty dishes into the trash, fill up your sink with water, and wash the dishes all at once instead of washing dishes one-by-one under constantly flowing water.

Source: https://sustainability.ncsu.edu/blog/changeyourstate/6-times-you-should-turn-off-the-tap-to-save-water/

What is the number one waste of water?

Household leaks (dripping faucets, toilets, pipes)

Facts
The average household’s leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easy to fix, requiring only a few tools and hardware that can pay for themselves in water savings. Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.

Source: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week

Which takes more water - a 10 minute shower or a bath?

Bath

Facts
Taking a shower uses much less water than filling up a bathtub. A shower only uses 10 to 25 gallons, while a bath takes up to 70 gallons! If you do take a bath, be sure to plug the drain right away and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub. To save even more water, keep your shower under five minutes long

Source: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-kids
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How much water does it take to make a serving of French fries (in gallons)?

6 gallons during the growth/production of one serving of French fries

Facts
Water is used in a number of ways that you would never expect. From automobile tires to hamburgers, water is essential in the production of many everyday items.

Source: http://www.pensacolah2o.com/what-is-water-used-for.htm

Bonus question

The average sub-Saharan African uses the same amount of water in a day as someone in a developed country uses when they do what?

Brush their teeth for two minutes with the tap running
Run a lawn sprinkler for a minute
Flush a toilet

Answer
Brush their teeth for two minutes with the tap running

Learn more
How Does Water Use in the United States Compare to That in Africa?
The Water Project