Water Conservation Education
When the West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) was created by the Texas Legislature in 1999, they faced an epic challenge. WHCRWA was tasked to secure the future water supply, construct the new water delivery infrastructure, and generate the funding to accomplish it – all within a set timeframe. The enabling legislation also required the new agency to “promote water conservation.”
Back then, the residents within the WHCRWA’s boundaries knew very little about the changes on the horizon…in the source, delivery and price of their drinking water. A massive outreach effort – that included newsletters, brochures, Town Hall meetings, public forums and early editions of this website. Keenly aware that it wouldn’t work to fix just half the problem, along with the coordination and construction of a new infrastructure, the WHCRWA also addressed the “demand” side of the issue. Almost from day one, a strong “use water efficiently” message was included in all communications efforts.
For more than a decade, the WHCRWA sponsored water conservation education programs for area students. However, when the Covid-19 pandemic closed public schools, the on campus in-person assembly programs ended.