School Water Conservation Strategies
With the ease of turning a faucet, you may not often think about water conservation in your daily life. But did you know that forty out of fifty state water managers expect water shortages under average conditions in some portion of their states over the next decade? The numbers are staggering: The average person uses between 80-100 gallons of water each day. Just flushing a toilet uses 1 to 4 gallons per flush. Watering a lawn can use 2 gallons per minute. Just one dripping faucet can waste up to 2,000 gallons of water a year.
The largest uses of water in schools are restrooms, landscaping, heating & cooling, and cafeteria kitchens. Industry estimates suggest that implementing water-efficient practices can decrease operating costs by approximately 11% and energy and water use by 10-15%. Many water efficiency measures are easily implemented and of little or no upfront cost to the school, resulting in substantial savings (typically a 25‐75% reduction of municipal water use). Learn more below about water conservation strategies for both indoor and outdoor water use. (Also be sure to visit our National & State Green School Programs page to learn more about local and national Green School programs and resources to help you to continue to improve the health and sustainability of your school!)
Before You Start
Design and Preparation
Using Your Project
Resource CenterNational & State Green School Programs
Eco Schools USA Handbook
Project Resource Library: Learn More!
Bay Backpack Teaching Resources Search Engine
EPA Learning & Teaching About the Environment (awards, resources, more)