Texas is a big state. It is a beautiful state too. We all like to enjoy Texas by swimming, riding our bikes, and playing outside. If we want to keep enjoying Texas, we need to make smart choices every day to conserve water! Here are some good choices to help you do your part to be water smart!
Sammy the Seagull says, "Take shorter showers!"
Al E. Gator says, "Turn the water off while you brush your teeth!"
Suzie the Squirrel says, "Wash your bike with a bucket and sponge; not a running hose!"
Augie the Froggy says, "For cold water, keep a bottle in the fridge instead of waiting for cool water from the tap!"
Tommy the Turtle says, "When taking a bath, only fill the tub halfway up!"
Did you know that the water you drank this morning might have been the same water a dinosaur drank millions of years ago? Or it may have been the same water that supported Columbus' ships on the sea. There is the same amount of water on Earth today as there has always been. The water keeps moving around in an endless cycle called the water cycle.
Water itself is the only substance that exists in liquid, gas, and solid form - the keys to the water cycle. Here's how the cycle works:
Water evaporates from oceans, rivers, and lakes (water in its liquid form).
It rises into the atmosphere (water in its gas form) where it condenses to form clouds.
Precipitation then falls to the earth in the form of rain (water in its liquid) or snow (water in its solid form).
It flows into oceans, rivers, and lakes, and the process begins again.
Think you're a "Water Wise Kid?" Take the quiz and we'll send you a certificate with your name on it if you pass! The real test is going to be if you can do these things at your house! Be a "Water Wise Kid" and let the certificate remind of all of the ways you can use water wisely in your world!