Schools can save water in a number of ways, including plumbing solutions and the promotion of good water use habits and rules. In addition to cutting down on the amount of water that is used, water-saving mechanisms implemented at schools offer the further benefit of educating young people about using water wisely and the need to protect the environment. And of course, the examples that children see at school often influence behaviour at home.
Five tips for saving water at school
1. Fixing Leaks
Schools can save water by promptly fixing all leaks. Students should be encouraged to notify teachers or school administrators as soon as they detect a problem in a restroom or water fountain. A water audit of your school can find hidden leaks that can waste lots of water and money.
2. Installing water-wise plumbing
Schools can install waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, and taps that turn off automatically after a set amount of time.
3. Limiting use
Schools can further save water by locking up restrooms at night and over the weekend.
4. Incorporating water-wise landscaping
Use plants that don't require much water in landscaped areas. In addition, water crystals can be added to soil to enhance water retention by as much as 40 per cent. See our section on saving water at home for more information.
Hard surfaces should not be hosed except in exceptional circumstances. Where possible use a broom or a mop. A leaf blower is an affordable option for cleaning playground areas.
See our Water in Schools section for more information on how your school can work with Watercare to be water wise.