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On May 15, fourth and fifth grade students from Thornton, Northglenn and Westminster attended the 9th Annual Youth Water Festival. Twelve hundred students and teachers attended the event, which offered a day of fun indoor and outdoor workshops designed to raise awareness about water. Seventy presenters and volunteers provided the time and energy needed to make this a memorable experience for students and teachers. Each year, this fun field trip is provided at no charge to local schools, thanks to the coordination and funding from the cities of Northglenn, Thornton and Westminster.
Teachers reported that the Water Festival also benefited students’ families. Water conservation kits were provided to each student a few weeks before the festival. Students brought the kits home and talked to their families about water use and how to use the kit. About 20 percent of the students discovered toilet leaks at home with the help of the kits.
Here are some teacher comments about the event.....
"Very creative activities and lessons. LOVED the hands on activities!"
"This is a fabulous series of workshops that offer a great deal on knowledge to kids. All the hands on activities and quick sessions make it really kid friendly."
"This event was very well organized and effective. We so appreciate all the effort that went into this event. My students were engaged throughout the entire event."
"The Water Festival is a great learning experience for all the students. Thank you for the time and effort you put forth to make the Festival possible."
Thornton has a volunteer Ambassador program in an effort to engage community members who have a passion for water conservation and efficiency. Ambassadors are Thornton water customers who are also Water Saving Champions. Water Resources is excited about the Ambassador program and its potential to raise community involvement to a new level. If you are interested in becoming more involved in conservation e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See a pothole, graffiti or water waste in the City of Thornton? Making City service requests just got easier with the new Thornton smart phone applications. The app can be downloaded free from the iPhone App Store or Android Market by searching for GORequest. The process is quick and easy. When a resident spots a problem, or needs an issue resolved, they simply open the app, select an issue, take a picture if applicable, and tap submit . If a photo is submitted, the app uses GPS to detect the exact location of the reported problem, and then include the location with the service request. The request will then go directly to the City staff member who is most qualified to address it. The iPhone app is the latest enhancement to the Thornton Connected citizen relationship management (CRM) solution from Government Outreach, Inc.
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The following resources provide additional information about saving water.
City of Thornton Water Conservation Plan
City of Thornton Water Conservation Plan Appendix
Colorado Water Conservation Board
Recharge Colorado - Water Conservation
American Water Works Association
California Urban Water Conservation Council
Water Use it Wisely
Environmental Protection Agency
Center for ReSource Conservation
Colorado WaterWise Council/Xeriscape Colorado
Colorado State University Turf Program
American Water & Energy Savers
Climate Corner- KMGH Channel 7 Weather
US Drought Monitor
EPA WaterSense Water Savings Calculator
The Alliance for Water Efficiency Home Water Works Calculator
The Save the Water Web site is an ongoing effort of the City of Thornton Water Resources Division