After all, it isn’t every day that you get to celebrate water, something we seem to especially appreciate when we’re facing floods or droughts. That’s why you’ll find us stopping at libraries, festivals, and afterschool programs throughout the Central Utah Water Conservancy District in coming months with our “Molecules in Motion” presentation and an abundance of educational material.
It’s the same thought behind Water Week’s “I am Water,” held May 6-12 to elevate water issues and water infrastructure to a national priority. We’re at a critical stage where a limited supply of clean, usable water could keep us from maintaining business, industry, and population. Studies show that every dollar invested in water or wastewater infrastructure returns several in long-term gross domestic product and every new job creating several more.
Yet while road improvements, for example, may seem more pressing as your car stumbles through potholes, the water system buried in your front yard is often ignored though equally in need of attention. Some still use the wooden pipelines installed by Utah’s early settlers!
Key to finding the necessary support is understanding water in its natural state and the process that brings it to your tap. And getting down to basics, the molecular structure of the water that comes out of your faucet, seems a good place to start.
Fourth- through eighth-graders, working in the STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art and mathematics) curriculum, complete five mini-experiments/demos that take a molecule of water through all the phases of matter. We even have something for the younger kids, a story time for toddlers through second-graders. They’re going to love what we’ve done with “Wheels on the Bus,” rewritten to teach the Earth’s water cycle.
And we haven’t forgotten our educators. Click here to register for lesson plans and a kit of materials for 30 children. You can also request a water professional to help instruct your students at a scheduled time before Aug. 15.
Help us celebrate AWWA’s Water Week and take time to consider how we can all do more to conserve one of our most precious resources!
Here’s our Molecules in Motion schedule:
• April 26 – Summit County Water Festival
• May 3 – National Guard Afterschool STEM
• May 7 – American Fork Library, 4 p.m
• May 8 – Wasatch County Water Festival
• May 16 – Eagle Mountain Library, 4:30 p.m.
• June 12-14 – Saratoga Springs Library, 4 p.m. June 12 and 14; 10:30 a.m. June 13
• July 5 – Uintah Library, 4:30 p.m.