Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Change The Way You Think

I am amazed at the amount of water it takes to create a single product in today’s society. The following are a few products used or consumed almost every day in America. The last, is a short video I found on You Tube, on the amount of water it takes to make one latte. When writing this blog, I felt a little biased against all you coffee drinkers out there, since I am a diet coke fanatic.

So, I will even up the score....
It takes 10 gallons of water to make 1 can of diet coke.


One ton (2000 lbs) paper

2500 to 6000 gallon of water.


4 new tires
2072 gallons


One Serving of French Fries

6 Gallons


Barrel of Beer

1,500 gallons of water


One Ton of Steel

62,000 gallons of water

One latte

Friday, June 26, 2009

Website Workshop

The Education Cooperative sponsored a website workshop at the South Plains UWCD on Tuesday. The wonderfully talented Jackie Lackey (what a great name!!) ,owner and manager of Encore Visions, conducted a six hour presentation/demonstration.

She lectured on the basics of Dreamweaver and Photoshop. We learned so much in the short time that she was here, and are looking forward to launching our newly designed sites soon.

For more information on Encore Visions and their services, you can visit their website at http://www.encorevisions.com/

Friday, June 19, 2009

Results: Water Wise Movie Trivia

Unfortunately, we do not have a winner for this weeks Water Wise Movie Trivia. We did enjoy receiving your emails and comments on what you thought the answers were. We hope to do another game on our blog soon. Until then, below are the answers for this weeks water wise movie trivia.

#1) Black Sheep (2006)
#2)Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
#3)Mr. Mom (1983)
#4) I Love Lucy (1951)
#5)The Brave Little Toaster (1987)
#6)A Christmas Story (1983)
#7)Caddyshack (1980)
#8)The Sandlot (1993)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Water Wise Movie Trivia

This blog is for all you movie/TV gurus out there. Not being one myself, this challenge may be a little easier than I originally thought. Below are some very basic water wise tips. Each tip is followed by a picture of a scene from a movie or TV show. The first person to make a comment on this post with the correct title of the movies or TV shows will receive a water wise kit from the Education Program. The winner will be announced on Friday.


Use a broom instead of a hose to clean your driveway and sidewalk and save water every time.

Keep your showers under 5 minutes. A great idea, is to keep a radio in your bathroom. After two songs are done playing, it means it’s time to get out.

If the washing machine has a water-level control, adjust it to the laundry load size.

Select the proper size pans for cooking. Large pans require more cooking water.

Vacuum rugs regularly so you will not have to shampoo them as often.

Winterize outdoor spigots when temperatures dip below freezing to prevent pipes from leaking or bursting.

Water your lawn and garden between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to avoid sun evaporation. Don't water when it is windy and during the heat of the day. Set an alarm to remind you to move or turn off the water.

Install covers on pools and spas and check for leaks around your pumps.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Sandy Land UWCD Art Contest

The Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District is pleased to announce the 13 winners for their 3rd annual Calendar Art Contest. There were two schools that participate in the this years. They are Plains ISD and Kelly Dodson Elementary in Denver City . We always enjoy looking at all of the creative ways that the students portray the message of water conservation. We are looking forward to next years contest.

A special thanks goes out to our judges, Cindra Box, Janelle Cobb & Martha Palmer. We enjoyed having them in our office and hope they stop by again soon.

The grand prize winner, whose artwork will be featured on the cover of our 2010 calendar is
Sabina Gonzalez, 5th grader at Kelly Dodson Elementary

The following students' artwork will be featured on the monthly pages of our 2010 Calendar.

Lupita Martinez, Kelly Dodson Elementary

Yesenia Trinidad, Kelly Dodson Elementary

Brittany Mavricio, Kelly Dodson Elementary

Bailee Burkett, Kelly Dodson Elementary

Sierra Tovar, Kelly Dodson Elementary

Taylor Ranney, Kelly Dodson Elementary

Kaytlin Moore, Kelly Dodson Elementary

Karley David, Kelly Dodson Elementary

Jezebel Guerra, Plains Middle School

Sol Sosa, Plains Middle School

Brittany Michaelson, Plains Middle School

Kate Mann, Plains Middle School

Monday, June 1, 2009

South Plains UWCD Art Contest

The results from the 3rd annual South Plains UWCD Art Contest have been announced and are ready to be shown to the world. There are three schools that participate in the contest; Wellman-Union Elementary, Burelson Elementary in Meadow and Oak Grove Elementary in Brownfield. We enjoyed looking at all of the students' creative work and the orginial ideas they illustrated. It is interesting to see the water conservation message portrayed in so many unique ways.
A special thanks goes out to our judges, Mary Collier from the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Brownfield and Betty Hamilton, a retired school teacher.

The grand prize winner, whose artwork will be featured on the cover of our 2010 calendar is

Sarah Clark, a student at Oak Grove Elementary

The following students' artwork will be featured on the monthly pages of our 2010 Calendar.

Martin Loewen, Wellman-Union Elementary

David Fehr, Wellman-Union Elementary

Alexis Silva, Oak Grove Elementary

Jasmine Enriquez, Oak Grove Elementary

Erica David, Wellman-Union Elementary

Casey Garza, Oak Grove Elementary

Samantha McNutt, Oak Grove Elementary

Katlen Garcia, Burleson Elementary

Swaiz Lee, Oak Grove Elementary

Michael Flores, Oak Grove Elementary

Adrian Flores, Burelson Elementary

Olivia Falcon, Burelson Elementary