Victoria County fifth grade students get WaterWise

Jan. 22, 2013 at 8:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 21, 2013 at 7:22 p.m.

This spring, Victoria County fifth-grade students will learn how to save their families buckets of water.

Nearly 250 students from several Victoria County elementary schools are going to learn the importance of being water efficient with the award-winning WaterWise Program.

The WaterWise Program, sponsored by Victoria County Groundwater Conservation District, educates students and their parents on the importance of conserving Earth's most precious resource - water.

The program is designed to have children and their parents investigate and measure water use in their homes, while building knowledge of current environmental issues.

"The district is very excited to be able to bring this water conservation program to our community," said general manager, Tim Andruss. "This program helps residents save water and money on their utility bills, which advances our efforts to preserve, conserve and protect the groundwater resources of Victoria County."

During the program, students and teachers discuss the significance of water conservation through carefully designed lesson plans and in-classroom activities.

At the end of the educational portion of the program each student receives a WaterWise Resource Kit to take home, which contains a high-efficiency showerhead, kitchen and bathroom sink aerators and tools for monitoring water usage at home.

The students share this new knowledge learned in school and install the products with their families, thereby also reducing residential water use.

Victoria County Groundwater Conservation District anticipates that the WaterWise

Program will save an estimated 1.3 million gallons of water this year - that's enough to fill more than 10 million water bottles.

Students are eligible for this no-cost program simply by attending a participating school in Victoria County.

The curriculum, which supports Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science and math, is developed by Resource Action Programs.



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