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3 Water Conservation Activities for Kids

Sustainability in homes is a rising trend, and educating the next generation about water conservation may be a task your customers ask for help with, especially if they are parents to young children.

Whether you are planning an event promoting water conservation or just want to have resources available, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has three activities you can use to help kids identify possible leaks in their home so they can fix them and save water.

Read a recap of each activity below, and click here to download the guides to lead your young customers through each one.

Activity 1: Checking Your Water Meter

Identify the water usage level on the water meter, and then don’t use any water for two hours. Check the usage level again; if it has changed, there may be a leak that needs to be identified and fixed.

Activity 2: Checking Your Toilet for Leaks

Remove the toilet lid and put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If water in the bowl has color in it after about 10 minutes, there is probably a leak in the toilet.

Activity 3: Timing Water Drips Throughout the House

Walk through the whole house and look and listen for water dripping at each fixture—bathroom and kitchen faucets, showers, bathtubs and toilets. Check outside faucets, too. Count how many drips per minute you observe and calculate how much water may be wasted based on 10,000 drips, which equals about 1 gallon of water.

Send customers who want more information to the EPA website for kids, epa.gov/watersense/kidsFor more information about trends in sustainable plumbing, click here.

About Melanie Moul

Melanie is the communications and content manager for the North American Hardware and Paint Association. She joined the NHPA team in 2016 as an editor for Hardware Retailing and now helps lead the communications team to deliver relevant, timely content to the industry.

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