Water conservation education

teenage boys reading display on how to conserves water: what you flush matters

Education leads to effective and sustained water conservation practices. Ensuring that all ages are aware of the importance of water conservation is essential for establishing conservation norms. Resources are available to assist with conservation education. 

Activities for students

To find out what you can do to conserve water, follow the links for interactive activities that teach more about the water cycle and water conservation. 

Resources for educators

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture provides a series of YouTube videos and short animations on groundwater and nitrate movement, with a special focus on Southeast Minnesota.

NASA's Precipitation Education activity was developed to get students thinking about the many ways that people use freshwater, and how we can conserver this precious and fundamental natural resource.

Project WET (Water Education for Today) is an international, interdisciplinary, water-science education program used by a variety of water users. Minnesota Project WET improves understanding of water resources by providing trainings, educational materials and guidance to individuals or groups

Water Guardians is an educational program brought to you by H2O for Life. It teaches students about the global water crisis and how we can create change locally, together. Video features an adventure down the mighty Mississippi River from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico.

The We Are Water MN program deepens connections between the humanities and water through a network of partnerships, a traveling exhibit, and public events. The site includes an Educator Handbook and additional resources.

WaterSense for Kids from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has teaching guides and activity sheets for Fix-A-Leak Week and for general information on subjects like the water cycle.

The Metropolitan Council  water conservation toolbox has educational resources for both adults and children including teaching materials:

  • Workbooks
  • Pictures and maps
  • Links to further water science resources
  • Curriculum guides on water conservation 

The Water Science School  from the U.S. Geological Survey has a list of resources for water education and conservation. Primarily directed towards an adult audience, these resources cover topics ranging from aquifer basics to water quality indicators. These resources include multimedia presentations and videos.

The University of Minnesota Water Resources Center has a variety of water conservation materials for homeowners, educators, and community leaders. 
What you can do to conserve!

By following some of the suggestions below, you can start making a difference right away.

  • Water your yard wisely, see University of Minnesota Water Wisely.
  • Turn off the tap whenever possible: when you brush your teeth, between rinsing dishes or, better yet, scrap your dishes. 
  • Take short showers, not baths. Baths can use seven times more water. Taking showers under five minutes can reduce your water waste even more.
  • Find and fix leaks. Leaks can waste hundreds of gallons. To check your toilet for a leak:
    • Place colored dye in the tank above the bowl, 
    • Wait ten minutes.
    •  If the dye appears in the bowl without flushing the toilet, you have a leak. 

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