Arizona Project WET Teams Up with Town of Gilbert to Save Water and Money

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Arizona Project WET Teams Up with Town of Gilbert to Save Water and Money

Arizona Project WET
December 18, 2014

In December, 120 Gilbert 6th grade students acted to conserve water while saving taxpayer's money with a hands-on learning assignment at Gilbert Civic Center. Settler's Point Elementary teamed up with University of Arizona's Project WET to perform a water audit of municipal building faucets, replacing 2.2 gpm aerators with 0.5 gpm, the new industry standard for public places. Students were able to quantify water savings by measuring the baseline flow rate and the flow rate after the new aerator installation. The students invested 4 hours in this project and using estimated frequency and duration of use, saved the city of Gilbert an estimated 99,000 gallons of water per year. This total water savings will save the taxpayer's $375 in water and sewer fees. Settler's Point Elementary student Haley Lynch said "I'm more of a hands-on learner … We can visually see it this way instead of reading it off of a page and this way we can remember it more and have a fun experience while doing it."

Gilbert Water Conservation employees and volunteers assisted in the project. City Councilman Victor Petersen and Gilbert Public Schools Science Coordinator Amy Gingell attended the event. Arizona Project WET Director Kerry Schwartz said "It's really nice to have a town that’s willing to be a part of their education system." Arizona Project WET partners with Gilbert, Arizona in activities throughout the year including the Water Investigations Program and the Gilbert Water Festival.

This UA program develops water stewardship and STEM literacy by providing teacher professional development, direct student outreach that extends classroom learning, and community engagement.

Watch a short video of the project here:

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