Monday, August 30, 2010


With school now in full swing, our Education Program has a full calendar for September. Next Tuesday we will be participating in the farm tour in Yoakum County. The following weeks will be spent working three playa festivals, school visits for Water Conservation Week at the Capitol, Calendar Visits for LEUWCD & PBUWCD, Ag & Oil Day and Kids Kows and More. So be sure to check back with us for some exciting blogs and pictures!

All the water that will ever be is, right now.
National Geographic, October 1993

Monday, August 23, 2010

First Day of a Great Year

The Education Cooperative would like to wish all the teachers, students school administration a wonderful first day of school today! We are excited about all of the exciting projects/presentations that we will get to share at our schools this year. With the playa festivals, conservations festivals, calendar contests, and Water Conservation at the capital project, we will be busy this Fall!

Remember you can help save water at school by:
Not leaving the tap running for a long time while you are washing your hands.
Turning off taps when you have finished using them.
Reporting leaking taps and toilets to teachers. One drop per second equals 7,000 litres of water wasted per year.
Washing paint brushes in a bucket or ice cream container
Monitoring water use by reading the water meter on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons so you can discover if there is any hidden leaking pipes (see how to do a water audit).
Nominating water monitors to check for leaks and running taps.
Designing signs to go near taps and toilets that tell everyone at school how they can save water.
Telling your friends how to save water too.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Teacher Lesson Plan Packets

Our blog has been “under the weather” the past few weeks. I have been busy getting our program ready for another school year. We have so many NEW programs and presentations , to share with the 4th & 5th graders in our Education Cooperative in the 2010 & 2011 school year.

A project that has consumed my life, the past few weeks, is the teacher lesson plan packets. I have compiled over 100 lessons plans on the topics of groundwater and water conservation. The lesson plans were put into a binder for all of our 4th grade teachers, who currently work in a school within our Education Cooperative. We hope that the schools will be able to use some of the lesson plans throughout this school year. I will start delivering the packets today!

We will also be updating our website soon, with a few lessons plans for teachers to download. So, be looking for that at in a few weeks!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Does this water butt make me look phat?

Why, yes it does, because as you surely know by now, collecting rainwater for garden re-use in “water butts” (known as “rain barrels” here in the US) is a smooth conservation move. Therefore, it’s time to get off your butt and get your own butt installed, and this free guide from is in fact, pretty phat!

While I was browsing their site I tried hard to dispel the sophomoric giggles about the “butt” double-entendre, but of course I could not. One thing I learned besides water harvesting tips: cropping is a powerful tool in that can be used for nefarious purposes in the hands of the wrong person!

by Gayle Leonard on Friday, July 16, 2010