Water Conservation

HYDRATION STATIONS IN OPUSD:

In our efforts to cut down on the use of disposable water bottles in our schools, we have installed ‘hydration stations’ on all campuses with plans to install more. These stations allow students to refill their own reusable water bottles all day for free. We still sell disposable plastic water bottles, but we up-charge them so the buyer contributes 25 cents per bottle to WaterAid. Water Aid supplies water to impoverished communities in Central America and other parts of the world. Many children do not go to school because they have to spend most of their day porting water from community wells to their villages. So far this year, we have collected and sent over $1600 to WaterAid!

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THE ACORN – 10/10/2013

WATER WARRIORS-Sevnth grader Alexander Labrecque cuts the ribbon that officially opens the hydration stations at Medea Creek Middle School on Tuesday, October 1st. Students calling themselves Water Warriors rallied the board of education to ban plastic water bottles on campus and have the water stations installed. – RICHARD GILLARD / Acorn Newspaper

Source: http://www.theacorn.com/news/2013-10-10/Schools/Students_committed_to_banning_plastic_water_bottle.html

OAK PARK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKES STUDENT HYDRATION A HIGH PRIORITY.

water_conservation1BACKGROUND: 

Oak Park School District in Southern California is a leader in innovative technologies and sustainability.  With six schools ranging from preschool to high school, quality educational opportunities are a principal priority.

OBJECTIVE:

More and more frequently, hydration and dehydration are recognized as a vital part of a healthy diet and as a tool for maximum employee, athlete, and student performance. Studies have shown dehydration specifically can impairs hand-eye coordination, ability to focus, short-term memory, and arithmetic skills.   In order to operate at your body and mind’s full potential, it is essential that humans consume fresh, clean water on a continuous basis throughout the day.  Concerns that students were not consuming enough water and in turn it was affecting their growth and learning; recycling goals to reduce the waste of plastic water bottles, as well as, the safety of regular municipal drinking water.

Oak Park understood and chose to pay attention to the importance of simple hydration.

SOLUTION:

Oak Park School District selected was hydration stations – a simple concept providing clean, refreshing water via a hands-free dispenser installed several units at cafeteria and library locations in each of the different schools received positive responses from both students and parents. Not only did the Hydration Station provide students and faculty with a touch-free, hygienic way to attain refreshing water, it significantly decreased single-use plastic bottle waste, further assisting in sustainability efforts.   

RESULTS:

Reaction has been positive from the beginning. Hydration Stations hook up to the municipal water line and provides users with filtered water at a rate of .8 gallons per minute with each filter lasting approximately 6 months or 2,500 gallons. To introduce the units to the 3,800 students, the Parent Teacher Association sold stainless steel bottles with the school mascot logo on them; administration publicized the units through school newsletters and emails to parents. “Word spread quickly…it’s been a huge success!” exclaimed Knight.

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MAXIMIZE WATER SAVINGS

Ensure just the right amount of water at the right time & save water, energy & utility-related dollars while achieving sustainability goals.

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MAXIMIZE WATER SAVINGS

Improve landscape-related staff efficiency & accountability, catch issues early, reduce truck rolls, gain site-level irrigation asset tracking & save operating dollars.

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MAXIMIZE WATER SAVINGS

Ensure optimal landscape health - and property value - while reducing site damage & hazards, pollution run-off & regulatory penalties.

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Bioswale Systems

The installation of bioswale systems in our school parking lots allow rainwater run-off to be directed to an infiltration system so water and pollutants do not run into the local Medea Creek and the water is absorbed into the water table.

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Waterless Urinals

MWDSCAmericans flush an estimated 5.7 billion gallons (21.58 billion liters) of clean drinking water down the drain every day while countries all over the world face terrible water shortages. 

Issues like this were behind the decision of our District School Board to commit to sustainability in our practices and reduce our carbon footprint through conserving the planet’s water by installing waterless urinals in 2010 through a Metropolitan Water grant the waterless urinals and installation was free to the District.

Each waterless urinal saves our District 40,000 gallons of water per urinal per year.