Home Water Conservation Audit

The Home Water Conservation Audit is a problem-based learning unit recommended for grades 6-12. This sequence of lessons empowers students to collect data that demonstrates the benefits of water conservation including associated reductions in energy usage, and greenhouse gas emissions. 

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:


1. Collect data on the water consumed where they live, and calculate the potential savings if selected water conserving measures      are taken.


2. Use tools including a water flow rate bag to measure water volume, dye test strips to check toilets for leaks, and an excel              spreadsheet to calculate water, energy and greenhouse gas potential savings.


3. Participate in a pledge to change their practices at home to reduce their water usage.

Components of the Instructional Unit

Unit Outline and Teachers Guide: An 8-page description of the lesson flow that includes learning objectives, background information, and step-by-step instructions for how to facilitate the Home Water Conservation Audit. download pdf


Home Water Conservation Audit Worksheet:  A worksheet that students fill in at home. download pdf


Conservation Calculator: An excel spreadsheet where students enter data they collected from home. The tool calculates the annual (potential) water, energy, and greenhouse gasses savings. download excel calculator


Home Water Conservation Analysis: A worksheet to support students in analyzing the results of the Conservation Calculator spreadsheet to determine and prioritize which conservation actions would be easiest to accomplish and which ones would have the biggest impact. download pdf

How to Read Your Water Bill

Stakeholders for Water Conservation

Teacher Version:  An extensive list of stakeholders related to water systems each described in a paragraph or two. download pdf


Student Jigsaw Version: Half page descriptions for classroom handout   download pdf


Stakeholders Systems Thinking Connection Circle - BLANK:  One page graphic organizer for supporting student inquiry on the systemic relationship among different stakeholder groups.

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Stakeholders Systems Thinking Connection Circle - WITH TITLES  download pdf


Stakeholders Systems Thinking - TABLE WITH TITLES   download pdf

Actions Students Can Take to Conserve Water

Best Management Practices for Indoor Water Conservation   download pdf

Best Management Practices for Outdoor Water Conservation   download pdf


How to Install a Water Faucet Aerator (single page with pictures)  download pdf

How to Install a Low Flow Showerhead (single page with pictures)   download pdf


Water Conservation Pledge Card   download pdf

Additional Resources 

Library of Annotated Links on Water SupplyFrom watersheds to water footprints, dive beneath the surface with this comprehsive set of water supply resources.  


Libary of Annotated Link on Stormwater: Swim your way through stormwater science, city and statewide policy and Native American persectives.