Friday, March 22, 2013
Calgary youths celebrated in honour of World Water Day
Today is World Water Day and across the city, our youth are taking steps to reduce their water usage and educate others about the importance of water conservation thanks to partners such as the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST). CAWST’s Youth Wavemakers program, is a unique water education program that informs, engages and encourages action and celebrates the impact that youth are having on local and global water and sanitation issues.
This year, in honour of World Water Day, the actions of students and others were celebrated at an event on Tuesday, March 19 at Devonian Gardens.
Students like those at St. Michael’s School who realized that the urinals in the boy’s washroom auto-flushed every six minutes, and successfully lobbied the school administration to retrofit the bathroom with motion-sensor flushing systems. This change will save approximately 89 per cent of the water being used with the current auto-flush system.
At Monsignor JJ O’Brien, students are also doing their part for water conservation and education. They have created a multi-media presentation to educate and inform elementary and junior high students in their community on water conservation. Following the presentations, they have created a Water Olympics event designed to provide hands-on water conservation activities and strategies to help students in their everyday water conservation efforts. They encouraged every student in the school to test for leaky toilets by sending home City of Calgary leaky toilet test strips.
The City of Calgary is proud to partner with CAWST, a Calgary-based non-profit that provides engineering services in water and sanitation to organizations that serve the poor in developing countries.
For more information on CAWST’s World Water Day event please visit www.cawst.org/wwd.