Kids’ Corner

Your Water Footprint

It takes a lot of energy to treat water and move it, so if you use less water, you’ll use less energy, and that will lower your water footprint.

(Source: “Electricity,” Water Footprint® Calculator)


Fill the bathtub halfway or less, and save up to 12 gallons per bath.

(Source: “Around the House,” Save Our Water)

Leaky Shower

Check for leaks, and tell an adult if you find one! One drip per second wastes over 3,000 gallons per year—that’s 180 showers!

(Source: “Indoor Water Leaks,” Water Footprint Calculator)

Flushing the Toilet

Talk to your family about flushing only when necessary. You can save water (and laugh about the advice) together!

(Source: “Toilet,” Water Footprint Calculator)

Brushing Your Teeth

Turn off the water while you brush your teeth, and save up to 4 gallons per minute.

(Source: Water—Use It Wisely)

Washing Your Hands

When washing your hands, turn the water off while you lather.

(Source: Water—Use It Wisely)

Leaky Toilet
Ask an adult to help you put food coloring in the toilet tank. If the color appears in the bowl without flushing, you’ve discovered a leak!

(Source: Water—Use It Wisely)

Older Toilets Waste Water
Older toilets use up to four times more water! Ask an adult to help you put a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to reduce the water in each flush.

(Source: “Toilet,” Conserve H2O)

Taking a Shower
While waiting for the shower to warm up, catch the water in a bucket. Your family can use the water you save to clean, water plants, or flush the toilet.

(Source: “Shower & Bath,” Water Footprint Calculator)

Eating Leftovers
Eating leftovers saves water and energy! Not finishing food wastes all the resources used to produce that food.

(Source: “Wasted Food,” Water Footprint Calculator)

Install Water Aerators on Your Faucets

Your family can install water-saving aerators on all of the faucets.

(Source: Water—Use It Wisely)

Cooking and Boiling
When boiling food, use just enough water to submerge what you’re cooking. Less water also keeps more flavor and nutrients in your veggies.

(Source: “Cooking,” Water Footprint Calculator)

Washing Your Veggies
Wash your fruits and vegetables in a pan of water instead of running water from the tap.

(Source: Water—Use It Wisely)

Water Cups and Glasses
Use only one water glass or mug a day to cut down on washing.

(Source: Water—Use It Wisely)


To reduce the water and energy consumed, do laundry only when you have a full load. (Be careful not to overload the machine.) During the summer, wait till after 9 p.m.

(Source: “Residential Tips,” Flex Alert)

Rain Barrel

Ask an adult to set up a rain barrel under a gutter. You can use rainwater to water the lawn, wash windows, or wash the car. Just don’t drink it!

(Source: “Rain Barrels,” Water Footprint Calculator)


Tell an adult if the sprinklers are leaking, over-spraying, or watering too much too fast, which causes runoff.

(Source: “Eliminating Run-off and Overspray,” California Friendly Landscaping in Los Angeles)


Use native plants or plants that require little water to thrive in your region.

(Source: “Saving Water: Tips for Residential Use,” Home Water Works)


Make sure the dishwasher is full before running it. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month!

(Source: Water—Use It Wisely)

Eat More Veggies

Eat more veggies. It takes an enormous amount of water to produce processed foods and animal products like meat and dairy.

(Source: “Eating Lower on the Food Chain,” Water Footprint Calculator)

Sweeping Outdoors

Use a broom to sweep outdoor areas instead of hosing them off. You can save 8 to 18 gallons per minute!

(Source: “Around the Yard,” Save Our Water)

Drying Your Clothes

Dry your clothes on a drying rack or a clothesline. When you save energy, you also save water, because power plants use a lot of water to produce electricity.

(Source: “Laundry,” Water Footprint Calculator)


Wash Fido and Fluffy outdoors, on a part of the lawn that needs watering.

(Source: Water—Use It Wisely)

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