Water Waste Facts for Kids – 5 Fun Facts about Water Waste

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Have you ever wondered about how to help the environment by stopping wasting water? Here are five wondrous water waste facts for kids.

Water Waste Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Wasting Water can make Climate Change Worse

The water on earth is part of a cycle and so it is a renewable resource that won’t run out. However it is still not good for the planet to waste the water we have. Only 1% of the water available on Earth is good for us to drink. When we waste water it takes a while for that water to come back down to Earth as rain and for it to be processed into water for drinking or bathing. This is bad for the planet because water on the Earth’s surface and in the oceans absorb heat. So, with less water the Earth gets warmer.

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Water Waste Facts for Kids: A closeup shot of a man wasting water

Water Waste Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: The Leaking Pipes at our Homes

Leaks can happen in any of the pipes in our homes and usually only let out a tiny amount of water as they drip. This tiny amount of water can really add up to be a lot of wasted water. In America every year there are 900 billion gallons of water wasted because of leaky pipes in peoples houses. That’s enough to fill over 100 million Olympic swimming pools. That’s a lot of wasted water!

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People doing swim race

Water Waste Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: It takes over 2500 Litres of Water to Grow Enough Cotton for a T-shirt

Fast fashion is very bad for the environment for a lot of reasons and one of them is because of how much water is wasted making clothes. When we buy clothes we don’t need, they are often thrown out after less than a year. It takes a lot of water to grow cotton to make t-shirts and other fibres like polyester release plastic into the water ways. We can prevent wasting water by only buying clothes when we need them or buying them second hand so less clothes need to be made.

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Assorted clothes

Water Waste Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: You can save 2.5 Gallons per Minute by Taking Shorter Showers

Showers take a lot less water than baths so they are a more environmentally friendly option. But showers still use up to 2 and a half gallons of water every minute so if someone showers for 10 minutes they are using 25 gallons of water. The average shower is around 8 minutes long so we can cut it down a little bit and save lots of water. If we take 5 minute showers we can save 7 and a half gallons of water every time we shower.

Water Waste Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: People can Harvest Rainwater for Drinking

Some people use barrels and pipe systems to collect water from rain, they can use this water to help their plants, or if they treat the water it can be drunk or bathed in. In some parts of the planet people don’t always have clean drinking water so they use nets to collect water from fog. This is a great way for people to collect water that would not have been used otherwise.

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A fog is hanging up to collect water

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about water waste as much as we loved teaching you about it. Now that you know how important it is to learn about the water waste and how to help our planet Earth, you can move on to learn more about our environment matters like: Energy, Wind Energy, Electricity, Water, Electromagnetic Waves, Recycling, Recycling Crafts, Recycling Paper, Plastic recycling, Rainbows, Farming, Seas and Lakes, Miraculous Atmosphere, Earth and Water Cycle

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