8 Things to Teach Your Children about Water


By Curtis Jolley
Public Relations Coordinator

Water is literally everywhere you turn: in your house, in the air you breathe, and even in your body. To celebrate National Drinking Water Week (May 1-7), here are eight things you can teach your children about water and how we can all make sure there’s still plenty of it for years to come.

  1. About 60% of the human body is made up of water. That’s why it’s so important to stay hydrated, especially during the warmer months and during physical activities that make you sweat.
  2. Doctors recommend that we drink eight cups of water each day to stay hydrated. Choose to drink water during your meals and carry a water bottle with you to drink throughout the day.
  3. The average person uses 100 gallons of water each day. We can cut down on this number by never leaving a faucet running, taking shorter showers, and even using less electricity (water is used to cool the power plants).
  4. You can save about two gallons of water each time you brush your teeth if you turn off the water while you brush. Every little bit helps!
  5. The water industry, including Tennessee American Water Company in Chattanooga, helps deliver water to our homes both locally and around the world. They can also perform services such as purification, sewage treatment, filtering, and distillation.
  6. Water is the only substance found naturally on earth in all three physical forms: liquid (water), solid (ice), and gas (vapor). In fact, there is more water in the air through the form of gas than there is in our rivers as a liquid.
  7. We use water everyday for cooking, cleaning, and for fun activities such as skiing, hockey, and fishing.
  8. Not all places in the world have clean running water. That’s why we need to do our part in being kind to our water supply and keeping it as clean as possible.

Join us at the Museum on May 5 at 1 p.m. for special water-related activities to teach children about water conservation in partnership with Tennessee American Water Company.

Learn more about what you can do to preserve water by visiting Tennessee American Water’s online Learning Center and Water Use it Wisely

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