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What do we use water for?

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Description

This activity reveals surprising facts about water through a quiz and enables young people to compare and reflect on the amount of water that they use each day compared to that of the average person in the developing world.

Originally sourced from A Million Hands - Water Resource Pack (2015) in partnership with WaterAid

Resources

> WaterAid quiz (use version for the appropriate age group).
> WaterAid quiz with notes.
> Plastic bottles to illustrate 10 litres of water.
> Flipchart and pens.
> Card or paper and coloured pencils/felt tips.

Instructions

> Either in small teams or as a whole section, brainstorm as many uses of water as possible. These can be everyday things or more unusual activities.
All the ideas should be written on a flipchart for use later in the session.
> Run the WaterAid Watery Quiz.
> Once the correct answers have been revealed, use the quiz notes provided to draw out water facts from the quiz answers.
> Ask the young people to recall how much water the average person in the developing world uses each day.
> Reiterate that this is just 10 litres. Use the bottles to demonstrate what 10 litres looks like.
> Go back to the brainstorm and ask members of the group to cross off the activities that would require more than 10 litres.
> Reflect on what is left on the flipchart and how they would feel about having just 10 litres to use per day.
> How would it affect their lives?
> Design postcards to give to family members, teachers, friends or local MPs to raise awareness about the fact that some people have very little water.
> Facts from the quiz can be used and a message or thought provoking question could be written about how it might feel to have so little water to use. This will help to tell the world about global water issues.

OR

> This quiz can be run as a run-around activity.
> Explain that the four sides of the room (or two sides, depending on the quiz you are using) represent the different answers so North, South, East and West represent answer A,B,C and D respectively. In order to answer the questions they should run to the side of the room they think corresponds to the correct answer.

Adaptations
> Once the correct answers have been revealed, use the quiz notes to draw out water facts from the quiz answers.
> Ask the young people to recall how much water the average person in the developing world uses each day.
> Reiterate that this is just 10 litres. Use the bottles to demonstrate what 10 litres looks like.
> Go back to the brainstorm and ask members of the group to cross off the activities that would require more than 10 litres.
> Reflect on what is left on the flipchart and how they would feel about having just 10 litres to use per day.
> How would it affect their lives?
> Design postcards to give to family members, teachers, friends or local MPs to raise awareness about the fact that some people have very little water.
Facts from the quiz can be used and a message or thought provoking question could be written about how it might feel to have so little water to use. This will help to tell the world about global water issues.
You could follow this activity with How Much Water Do We Use? How Much Can We Save?

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