Ft. Bend Subsidence District WaterWise™ program Helps Families Save Water
Students in Fort Bend are becoming whizzes in water and energy conservation, and it shows in what they are saving at home. Over 8,800 households in Fort Bend County are learning the importance of saving water with the Fort Bend Subsidence District WaterWise Program. Through the program’s implementation in the 2013-2014 school year, nearly 740 million gallons of water are estimated to be conserved, which is enough water to provide 6,755 families with water for one year.
The WaterWise Program, provided to Texas Schools through funding by the Fort Bend Subsidence District and the City of Sugar Land, educates students and their parents on the importance of conserving water. The program is designed to investigate and measure water usage in homes while building knowledge of current environmental issues. The program has been in existence for nearly 20 years, serving 1 million students since its inception.
“Encouraging young people in our area to conserve is vitally important,” said David Martinez, Water Conservation Coordinator with Fort Bend Subsidence District. “We know that by working with these students, we are creating life-long water savers. We hope that this hands-on approach to water education will result in lasting impacts.”
Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth-Grade classes in the Fort Bend Subsidence District territory in Texas are eligible to participate.
“Year-after-year we hear from participating teachers and parents how much they enjoy the program. Teachers like the real life application of math and science that correlate with state education standards. Parents appreciate that their children are empowered to help at home by saving water and money.” Said Michael Turco, General Manager at Fort Bend Subsidence District.
Colony Meadows Elementary School is being honored with an award from the Fort Bend Subsidence District and City of Sugar Land for their dedication to water conservation education and for continual contribution towards water savings. Teacher Eileen Graves will be accepting the award on behalf of the school.
“Every year, our kids look forward to meeting Aqua Man, and they are never disappointed. The WaterWise kit and presentation reinforce our science curriculum in a fun, practical way,” said Eileen Graves, Teacher at Colony Meadows Elementary School. “We include the WaterWise presentation as part of Science Camp to help get our students ready to take the science STAAR test,” she added.
Students and teachers in the program discuss the significance of water conservation through carefully designed lesson plans and in-classroom activities. Each student receives his or her own Student Guide, Student Workbook and Fort Bend WaterWise kit. The kit contains a high-efficiency showerhead, a kitchen faucet aerator, a bathroom faucet aerator, a digital thermometer, a flow-rate test bag, a rain/drip gauge and a natural resource fact chart. Students share their knowledge and install the products with their families, reducing residential water consumption.
About Fort Bend Subsidence District
The Fort Bend Subsidence District was created by the Texas Legislature in 1989 as a conservation and reclamation district (Act of May 26, 1989, 71st Leg., R.S., ch. 1045, 1989 Tex. Gen. Laws 4251). The District’s purpose is to provide for the regulation of the withdrawal of groundwater within the District to prevent subsidence that contributes to flooding, inundation or overflow of areas within the District, including rising waters resulting from storms or hurricanes, The District’s boundaries are defined as all the territory within Fort Bend County.
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