Praise Texas Groundwater District for Implementing Water Conservation Program in Local Schools

Target: Jim Conkwright, General Manager of High Plains Water District, Texas

Goal: Applaud Jim Conkwright and staff for their dedication to educate school children on the importance of water conservation

Several counties in West Texas and the Panhandle have been experiencing severe drought conditions. In an effort to spread the word about ways to conserve water, the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District is incorporating water education into classrooms. Praise Jim Conkwright, General Manager of the High Plains Water District, and staff on their outstanding commitment to water conservation.

Schools all over Texas are also incorporating ways to conserve water into their lessons plans, however funding for such a large undertaking has often been a struggle. The High Plains Water District expects to spend nearly $75,000 on water conservation kits and materials that will be distributed to about 2,100 children in local schools.

This interactive program is hands-on in order to fully engage students of the importance of conserving water. The WaterWise kits are assembled by Resource Actions Programs, a company based in Nevada. The kits include a guidebook for teachers to easily instruct their students on fun and effective ways to conserve water, especially during relentless droughts that often inflict southern Texas. Materials include vocabulary lessons, suggested classroom activities, and discussion ideas. Children also receive an additional take-home kit that includes a high efficiency showerhead, sink aerators for the kitchen and bathroom sink, toilet leak detector tablets, and a digital thermometer.

All of these items can be installed at home for families to start conserving water and even save money on water and heating costs. Resource Action Programs states that its conservation efforts saved close to 11 million gallons of water in the High Plains water district last year. Even though few studies exist on the long-term impact of this program, researchers suggest that experimental learning is the most successful way to leave a lasting impression on young students. Praise Jim Conkwright and staff at the High Plains Water District for implementing a water conservation program into schools in southern Texas.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Conkwright and staff,

As you know, the recent drought that has been inflicting your area is causing extreme water shortages. Fortunately, you have made an outstanding commitment to educate school children on the importance of water conservation. Your dedication has engaged young students in learning about ways to conserve water by providing the essential tools for teachers and educators.

The WaterWise kits contain essential items such as high efficiency showerheads and sink aerators so children are able to educate their families about the importance of conserving water. The newly installed devices will help cut down on water usage as well as decrease costs on heating. Furthermore, I applaud your commitment to education and support your future efforts on instructing students of the importance of water conservation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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