Early Years Resources
Water. We all need it, we can’t live without it, and we are using more and more of it.
Although it rains LOTS in England our water resources are under pressure as our demand for water increases yearly. Water also requires huge amounts of energy to treat it and pump it to our homes and schools.
But there are lots of simple things we can do to help secure our water supply now and for future generations. By cutting down our water use we can: save money, reduce the amount of greenhouse gases release, lower the amount of chemicals used to treat water and reduce damage to important wildlife habitats.
Project idea 1 – School toilets
The Eco-Committee can look at ways to save water in the school bathrooms. One way is to investigate the possibility of getting ‘toilet hippo’ devices to put into the cisterns to reduce the volume of water in each flush. A more ambitious action could be to replace manual taps with ones that automatically turn off. Outside of the school bathrooms, the Eco-Committee could install rainwater butts to reduce the amount of tap water used on the school grounds. By using water bills the Eco-Committee can monitor and evaluate the effect their different initiatives are having.
Project idea 2 – Reduce your ‘hidden’ water
Water is not just used ‘directly’ for drinking and cleaning, it is also used ‘indirectly’ to clean raw materials, to grow crops, to heat and cool solids and liquids and as steam in the production of electricity. Did you know it takes 13.5 litres of water just to make 1 sheet of A4 paper, your Eco-Committee could design and implement an Action Plan to reduce their ‘Water Footprint’ not just their direct water usage.
STEM Learning: How can we clean our dirty water?
Activity: Thames Water – Marina Ventura Inside Water
Activity: Kingfisher Education – Water Awareness Workshop
Activity: WaterAid – Primary Resources
Activity: Southern Water -Waterwise Packs
Activity: MIW Water Cooler Experts – Water, water everywhere
Activity: The Pod – Find The Missing Litre
You can find a greener version of pretty much everything your school uses; pencils, carpets, uniforms, energy. Here you can investigate how you can ‘green’ your schoolInteractive Eco-School