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Douglas Volunteers at Houston WaterWeek

Lizanne Douglas, Treatment, Transmission and Utilities, Houston helped fellow Texas American Water Works Association (TAWWA) members demonstrate the cost of water earlier this year. The activity was part of the 2016 City of Houston WaterWeek

During the four-day event, the Southeast Chapter of TAWWA sponsored a demonstration tent at the City’s Northeast Water Purification Plant near Lake Houston. The Plant is home to Houston’s WaterWorks Education Center, a one-of-a-kind water destination designed to inspire visitors to conserve drinking water resources and protect our environment. The Southeast Chapter tent demonstration was the Cost of Water Game.

To explain how relatively cheap tap water is when compared to the other items, volunteers used a five-gallon bucket filled with water from the plant, one gallon of milk, one gallon of bottled water, one gallon of gas and four glass jars filled with different amounts of pennies to represent the relative cost of these items. The four items were set up in a row on the table and student groups were asked to place the jars in front of the items they thought matched the cost. Volunteers also taught the students about the water cycle.

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