Water Conservation Education
For more than a decade, the West Harris County Regional Water Authority (WHCRWA) has sponsored water conservation education programs for area students that are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills guidelines (TEKS). The programs are offered at no charge to the schools in grades 2nd, 4th and 5th, and address multiple disciplines – science, social studies, language arts, and math.
When WHCRWA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1999, they faced an epic challenge. WHCRWA wast 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.”
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 a comprehensive website – was launched. 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.
WHCRWA offers three Mobile Teaching Labs
- Water is Life Mobile Teaching Lab
- Water Quality Mobile Teaching Lab
- Learning from our past… to influence our future