World Water Day: Education Is Key to Sustainable Water Resources
Posted by Scott Cummings
March 22, 2013
When they were in elementary school, my children started coming home with the idea that I was evil because I promoted construction and designed sewer systems that polluted our water. This forced me to be quick to educate them on the value of what I do as a water quality professional to protect and preserve the environment. And I’d thought I would only have to deal with helping them develop a solid foundation of good moral character! I realized I needed to get involved in my children’s lives as well as teach their classmates on the good things water quality professionals do for the environment.
One of the greatest influences I can have is teaming with others to aid in the training of our young people. If we can influence their lives to take better care of the environment, we will indeed have a more sustainable future. I volunteer to speak to classes where my children attend school and to help with local education and outreach endeavors. I also provide teachers information from the Water Environment Federation that they can use to incorporate into their curricula. There’s also the opportunity to educate everyone by encouraging them to participate in hands-on water quality testing through the World Water Monitoring Challenge ™ program at www.MonitorWater.org.
Water professionals do not have to look too far to be educators or volunteer to work with others and demonstrate a personal commitment to protecting our water resources, and World Water Day, March 22, is a great time to start. By sharing our expertise and passion for water, we can truly help to establish a better and more sustainable future for our children.