Most of us will agree that water is a precious resource. Water supplies need to be kept sustainable and kept secure. But how did we learn that? Is it common sense? Though common sense is often on the contrary quite uncommon even rare at times. We mean, water is vital for life and for business, but maybe others don’t understand that water can be a limited and scarce resource. It just comes from a tap for most people. Having something ‘on tap’ is to say you have something very easily and abundantly. So children especially really don’t understand some of the challenges and risks that are managed day-to-day and year-to-year with regards to municipal water security.
Education must start in the home. Water costs money, not a lot of money for a liter or two, so hopefully parents are conscious of the water they and their kids use. Though when little Johnny sees Mum and Dad watering the lawn all day whilst they themselves play in the sprinkler you could see why they might ask “why do we need to save water?” More often shouting at the kids to have a shorter shower is to leave some hot water for the rest of the family rather than being based on water conservation. Parents should explain to kids as they fix a leaking tap or as they get their water bill that water is a limited a resource and though we may use it as we need to should not waste it as we pay for it and we need it to last.
Education should also continue in the classroom at school. Organizations such as Save Water at www.savewater.com.au provide teachers and schools with a few resources to help education their students in the importance of saving water. Explaining to the students about the water cycle and water supply is basic science and is a great start. From the basics teachers can start to discuss and debate local water issues, monitor rainfall, test water quality or tour a water supply facility.
Though it can’t all just stop with our kids. We should educate ourselves too. Learn everything you can about how to save water when watering your garden, watering the lawn, filling the pool, how to store water, how to use water tanks and how to find and fix leaks. This way you can pass all this practical knowledge on and will save water for generations. There are many good online resources on how to save water just throw in a search in Google or other search engine.
If we all get smarter we will easily save and conserve our Australian water supplies for generations to come.