PARADISE — “What other kinds of great ideas do you have?” Paradise Elementary School teacher Sandy Miller asked.
Paradise Elementary School has been working on teaching its students about conserving water in light of this year”s drought. Some of their efforts have been in the form of an idea board set up on the outside wall of the cafeteria.
“Because I realized that we are in a drought and we are in a state of emergency, that we as citizens need to take responsibility for that,” Miller said. “Children most particularly are influential and they go home and they talk about it.”
Since Tuesday, Miller has been leading a discussion on how to conserve water with everyday activities.
“Their ideas are all amazing; these are things that they come up with and we all talk about,” Miller said. “They even pointed out that there is a water fountain on the other side that is dripping.”
She said what the children informed her of wasn”t a leaky pipe, but wastewater that was overflowing.
“It is not a leaky pipe, but they noticed it and that is what was really important,” she said. “They have the awareness; they just need to expand their thinking on how to save water.”
One of the biggest hits with the children is the idea, “if it”s yellow, let it mellow; if it”s brown, flush it down.”
“We learn in rhyme around here,” Miller said. “We need to make bathroom talk an OK thing to talk about, and here it is. If it is yellow, big deal, you have toilet paper and yellow in there; just wait and then we can flush it.”
The ideas on the board include:
Keep the faucet turned off when you are not using it.
Take a quick shower.
You don”t have to flush the toilet every time.
Get your toothbrush wet, then turn the water off while brushing.
Water your plants early in the morning or late at night.
Water only when you need to.
Check for leaky pipes.
Don”t wash dishes before you put them in the dishwasher.
Don”t run the dishwasher if it is not full.
Drink your whole glass of water: Don”t throw it down the drain.
Take a shower every other day.
Don”t wash your car.
Wait till you have a full basket of dirty clothes before you wash them.
Make sure the sprinklers and hoses are turned all the way off.
Turn water off when you wash your hands: Soap up first, then rinse.