Preparing our water system for coming generations, through conservation and project development, plays a major part of what we do at the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. In conjunction with Prepare60, we recognize that water is the lifeblood of our economy, environment, and quality of life and that managing it well is more important than ever, as pointed out in “Understand Utah’s Water Municipal Manual.“
It’s what keeps us on the narrow path, even as last winter’s bountiful snowfall pulled us out of a seven-year drought. It motivates us to undertake projects such as TheWells@Vineyard, where we’re drilling new wells tapping the aquifer that in 2016 won us the best-tasting water honors at the AWWA Intermountain Section Conference. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly, providing for our children and grandchildren, as well as a population predicted to double by the year 2060.
Even though all of that is extremely important, it’s only half of the equation. CUWCD actively reaches out to today’s educators, helping prepare our young people for the role they’ll play in continuing our mission. Visitors to our 2017 Water Festival at Central Utah Gardens saw students from the American Fork school district display their solutions to issues Utah faces today. Still other school groups, such as the ninth-graders at Lakeridge Junior High School, are tackling more hands-on projects, thinking outside the box as they turn a fresh set of eyes on mysteries we’re still trying to unwind.
We’re working again with the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, in a statewide program that takes traveling exhibits to tens of thousands of fourth-graders. On Jan. 19 and 20, we’re offering “Everyday Engineering … Orem Edition,” a free workshop for elementary educators that will integrate the science of water conservation into their Common Core curriculum.
Are you looking for fun ways to weave the Utah SEEd (Science with Engineering Education) standards into your classroom studies? Join us from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Don A. Christiansen Regional Water Treatment Plant in Orem. Participants will receive Common Core-ready curriculum, a classroom resource kit, meals, and much more. The best part? It’s free for educators! Register now at tinyurl.com/oremengineering2018. If you have additional questions, email CUWCD Education and Outreach Manager Monica Hoyt at firstname.lastname@example.org.