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Water is a precious and vital natural resource

With the turn or flick of a tap, water is so easy to take for granted.

But 1 in 10 of the world’s population does not have access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation.

Water shapes our world. It is part of, and directly impacts on, our landscapes, our biodiversity and our culture.

Sea, coast, river, lake, loch, tarn, llyn.

Rain, flood, drought.

Water is vital - in relation to us and our world.

Find Out More About Water

Use Mission: Explore Water to discover, explore and think about water in new ways. Download this free printable eBook and accompanying teacher notes that includes 51 missions that can be used by every subject in the curriculum here

Save Water

Did You Know?

On average, every person in the UK uses approximately 150 litres of water per day.

And yet LESS than 4% of what we use is drinking water.

About 95% goes down the drain.

Almost 1/3 is flushed down the toilet every day.

In many areas, water is scarce, so we should all think about how much we use.

Here Are Some Ways YOU Can Take A Lead:

Turn taps off whilst cleaning your teeth. It can waste up to 6 litres of water

Wear your clothes more than once before putting them in the wash

Leave buckets and watering-cans outside to collect rain water for garden plants or window boxes

Better still use water butts to catch rainwater

A short shower uses less water than a bath - which can take around 80 litres to fill

Turn off the shower in between rinses

Catch water in a jug or saucepan whilst waiting for the tap to run hot or cold to water plants

Get involved in conservation of our waterways by volunteering with The Canal and River Trust

Use Art To Be Tap Smart

Why not create a poster to inspire others to save water at home, school or workplace.

Write a poem or haiku.

Make a short film or stop motion animation about water conservation or what water means to you.


Its Our World aims to encourage children and young people (aged 4-19 years) in the UK to consider the environment in which they live, not just in an observational way, but also by reflecting upon the impact we all make upon the natural world during everyday life.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi