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Water conservation is crucial, and this special feature examines ways in which you could save water.

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Whilst the earth is covered with 71 per cent water, only an amazing two per cent of that water can be consumed. The rest makes up our seas or is locked away in the ice caps. So, although we may view water as a never-ending renewable resource, we must remember we share this with the rest of the animal and plant kingdom.

It is estimated that each person in the UK uses 155 litres of water per day, while someone in a developing country uses just 20 litres. Reasons for why these amounts vary so greatly can be found in lifestyle differences and access to water.

Reducing water consumption

There are many ways in which to reduce the amount of water we use each day. The tips that follow are just a few that can be discussed with your children:

  • Save up to 400 litres per week by having a shower rather than a bath.
  • Turn shower time into a game where you have to have the quickest shower but get just as clean. Keep a stopwatch and time chart by the bathroom to keep track of ‘superfast cleaners’. It has been estimated that if you reduce your shower by just one or two minutes you can save up to 682 litres per month!
  • Brushing your teeth while the water is running wastes almost nine litres per minute. So turn the tap off when you brush your teeth and use a glass to rinse with water.
  • If you have ice left in a drink don’t just throw it away. Place the ice cubes on the nearest plant so the ice waters the plant as it melts.
  • When it is hot keep a jug of water in the fridge rather than running the tap to get cool water for a drink.
  • Older children may want to become ‘Water-wasting Detectives’ and look for dripping taps, wasted water or monitor the use of water in the home or setting.
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