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World Water Day Fun at Ecotech

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

World Water Day is stacking up to be quite a celebration at Ecotech this year, including conservation demonstrations by Sonne Shields, first female winner of HGTV’s “All-American Handyman,” a children’s art contest, and much more.

According to the official web site:

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Ecotech will be celebrating World Water Day on Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10 a.m. to noon, to make it easier for children and parents to attend. Free, community-wide event with activities include:

  • Children’s Art Contest[i] for kids of all ages on the theme, “What does water mean to you?” All children are encouraged to submit drawings. Download a registration form.
  • Door prizes including a SodaStream Soda Maker, reusable grocery bags and water bottles
  • Aurora Water conservation specialists will share information for kids and adults, including a demonstration about how to convert your lawn into Xeriscape.
  • Campus demonstrations on Renewable Energy and Sustainability

Participants bringing 5 plastic bottles get a reusable grocery bag. Those bringing 10 bottles receive a reusable water bottle. This will help Ecotech Institute collect enough bottles to stretch across Colorado! (Limit one per person, while supplies last.)

Whether or not you can attend, here are five simple things you can start doing now to save water:

  1. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
  2. Water your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler to minimize evaporation.
  3. Turn off the water while you shave and save up to 300 gallons a month.
  4. When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load.
  5. Soak pots and pans instead of letting the water run while you scrape them clean.

Visit http://www.unwater.org/watercooperation2013 for more on World Water Day.

“Filthy water cannot be washed.” ~African Proverb

 

Kyle Crider is Manager – Environmental Operations at Ecotech Institute and Education Corporation of America. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a double-emphasis in Urban Planning & Policy Analysis. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND). He is currently in the Interdisciplinary Engineering Ph.D. Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and not necessarily those of Ecotech Institute or Education Corporation of America. Email Kyle at kyle.crider@ecotechinstitute.com

[i] *Entries must be received no later than 3/20/13. Winners will be selected by Ecotech Institute students. All entrants will receive a prize pack, which can be claimed at the event. All entries may also be posted on the web in honor of World Water Day.