EPWater, UTEP host water education event

EPWater, UTEP host water education event
Posted on 04/19/2022
EPWater, UTEP host water education event

Water education and family fun will be the focus of El Paso Water’s upcoming collaboration with the University of Texas at El Paso.

On April 23, the community is invited to attend UTEP Family Day to learn more about our region’s water resources and water conservation in our desert community. Visitors will enjoy games and prizes, and visit Water/Ways, a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution at the Centennial Museum on campus.

“This free event is great opportunity for families to learn together about the importance of water in our region,” said Anai Padilla, TecH2O Manager.

For EPWater, this is the first public event since the start of the pandemic two years ago.

Smithsonian exhibit in El Paso

 The Water/Ways traveling exhibit will run through June 25 at the Centennial Museum. It is part of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, an effort to provide access to the Smithsonian in cities across the country. The exhibit examines water as an environmental necessity and important cultural element.

“The Centennial Museum approached us about this collaboration, and we could not pass up the opportunity,” said Padilla. “We’re always working to strengthen our relationships with local partners and stakeholders.

While the Water/Ways exhibit depicts the impact water has on our environment, climate and landscape, EPWater and TecH2O will share the local connection to water. Informational displays include the urban water cycle, desalination, how groundwater is retrieved and the rolling river.

“We want to engage our younger generations to learn about our unique community and show them what EPWater is doing to secure our water resources,” said Padilla. “We’re also going to have some fun while learning.”

Family Day includes, games, a chance to win prizes and photos with Willie the Waterdrop.

Diverse water resources

 For Scott Reinert, Water Resources Manager, an event like this is one of the best ways to inform the public what EPWater is doing to ensure our city has water for the future.

“Making education fun and entertaining also makes it obtainable,” said Reinert.

EPWater takes great pride in its diverse portfolio of water resources to deliver sustainable water services. For decades, EPWater has implemented new and innovative ways to provide water to this desert community, and customers have embraced a conservation culture that is an important part of that strategy.

“As our children learn and understand the value of water, they could become ambassadors of water conservation,” said Reinert.

UTEP Family Day will take place at the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens from noon to 3:00 p.m.

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