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Measure Water Use

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Consider this:

Does it save more hot water to take a shower or a bath?

  • A bathtub with a shower
  • Bath crayons or masking tape
  • Ask one of your family members to mark the water level each time they take a bath for three days in a row and leave the water in the tub when they are done.
  • Measure the amount of water used by marking the water level on the side of the tub with a crayon or piece of tape. If you use tape, write the word bath on it each time.

 

  • For the next three days, have the same family members take a shower instead of a bath. Ask them to plug the drain so the water fills up.
  • Measure the amount of water used by marking the water level with a different color of crayon or piece of tape. If you use tape, write the word shower on it each time.
  • What did you discover?
  • Compare the amount of water used for baths and showers.
  • Which saved the most hot water?

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