Friendswood continues to provide water conservation training to students

Up to 510 Friendswood students will have access to water conservation training.

Friendswood City Council authorized an interlocal agreement with the Harris-Galveston Slump District to participate in the WaterWise conservation program at its October 3 board meeting. The program, “Be a Water Detective—Learning to be Water Wise,” provides water conservation education to elementary and middle school students at ISD Friendswood and Clear Creek in the City of Friendswood.

Each participating student receives a Water Wise activity kit, which includes an activity booklet, high-efficiency showerhead, multi-swivel kitchen aerator, bathroom aerator, mini tape measure, toilet leak detection tablets and a flow test bag, among other items.

Friendswood sponsors the participation of up to 510 students in the program through an interlocal agreement with HGSD. The program costs $38 per student with a total amount not to exceed $19,380, which will be accounted for in Public Works’ annual operating budget, according to agenda papers.

The board approved the deal 4-3, with John Scott, Robert Griffon and Brent Erenwert opposed.

Friendswood has participated in the program for several years. The benefits of the program are twofold: to meet the mandates of the city’s water conservation plan for public education and to educate children about the benefits of water conservation.

Additionally, Friendswood earns groundwater credits through this program that are valid for 20 years and can be used to meet water demands where exceeding the permit allowance is avoidable without penalty. For each entrant, HGSD issues the city a GW Credit Certificate equal to 84,000 gallons.

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