If there’s so much water on earth, why do we need to be careful not to waste it?

Drinking Water

  • Even though most of the earth is made up of water, only 3% of it is available for drinking!
  • The rest of the water is salt water or water contained in the ice caps
  • If a full bathtub represented all the water on earth, just a teaspoon of this water would represent our drinking water

Our Responsibility

  • We all share this water
  • Everything that lives needs fresh water to survive, plants, animals, the endangered northwest salmon that lives in our lakes and streams, and of course, us humans
  • But helpless plants, land, and sea animals don’t use as much water as we do, and they certainly can’t do anything about the water that we use and waste
  • It’s our job to take care of the earth and our water supply by being smart about the water that we use

How You Can Help

  • Using water wisely will help make sure that we all have plenty of clean water to use
  • It is important not to waste water in your home
  • Maybe you can start an environmental club in your community or school and think of new ways to be environmentally friendly with your friends!