CLINTON, Conn., June 20, 2023 — Connecticut Water announced today that nearly 600 Connecticut third graders have graduated from the Water Drop Watcher program during the 2022-2023 school year. The Water Drop Watcher program meets state curriculum standards for water education and is taught by Connecticut Water employees, who visit classrooms as ‘volunteer’ teachers. The program teaches about the water cycle, the scarcity of fresh water available for human consumption, and the need to protect and conserve water resources.
“It was an absolute thrill to be able to teach children about water,” stated Jessica Demar, regulatory and environmental compliance coordinator. “The look on their faces is precious when they learn that less 1% of the Earth’s water is fresh water that is available for drinking and that the water we have today is the same water the dinosaurs had when they roamed the planet. More importantly, it helps children understand the importance of water.” The program is offered free to schools that are served by Connecticut Water and features a variety of hands-on activities to engage children and help them to learn while having fun. Children are asked to sign a Water Drop Watcher pledge that encourages them to educate their families about water and the need to use it wisely. Schools participating in the 2022-2023 Water Drop Watchers program: Community School(s) Chester Chester Elementary Enfield Prudence Crandall Naugatuck Hop Brook and Salem Plainfield Shepard Hill and Moosup Vernon Center Road, Lake Street, and Maple Street The Water Drop Watchers program is in its 6th year and has reached more than 4,200 children, overall.
The program will be offered again next year by Connecticut Water volunteer teachers. Information on the Water Drop Watchers program, including the lesson plans and worksheets, as well ctwater.com firstname.lastname@example.org as other water related educational materials for children is available online at ctwater.com/conservation.
About Connecticut Water
Connecticut Water is a public water utility that is regulated by the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. The company provides water service to more than 106,000 customers in 60 Connecticut towns and wastewater services to 3,000 customers in the town of Southbury, Connecticut. The towns served are Ashford, Avon, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bolton, Brooklyn, Burlington, Canton, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Columbia, Coventry, Deep River, Durham, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hampton, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Essex, Farmington, Griswold, Guilford, Haddam, Hebron, Killingly, Killingworth, Lebanon, Madison, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Oxford, Plainfield, Plymouth, Portland, Prospect, Simsbury, Somers, Southbury, South Windsor, Stafford, Stonington, Suffield, Thomaston, Thompson, Tolland, Vernon, Voluntown, Waterbury, Westbrook, Willington, Windsor Locks and Woodstock.