School Education Programs

The growing need to conserve water has spurred many innovative school education programs. Some programs include distributing low-cost water conserving devices, such as shower heads, faucet aerators, and toilet displacement devices. Often these devices are distributed to the students in pre-packaged kits for the students to take home for their parents to install. Some programs include simple home water surveys to aid the students in discovering water saving opportunities in the home, and calculate potential water savings estimates for each recommended measure. (The AWE HWW water usage calculator can be used free of charge for this purpose.) Water utilities sometimes supply prizes to classes, based on participation or achievements. Where feasible, field trips and interactive presentations are incorporated into the program. The key to success is designing a program that excites the students to take immediate action in conserving water, while educating them in the proper water conservation practices throughout their lives.