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04/29/2005 Contact: 850-413-6482

Florida’s Public Service Commission Sponsors School Programs for National Drinking Water Week


TALLAHASSEE — To recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives, Florida’s Public Service Commission (PSC), the City of Tallahassee, and Leon County Schools have teamed up to promote “National Drinking Water Week,” May 1-7, by sponsoring school assembly programs that celebrate the “wonder of water.”

     The Chiles High School drama team, under the direction of Robert Stuart, will perform an original play, Water Wiser, for students at Cobb and Nims Middle Schools on May 2 and May 6. The play focuses on the importance of water and water conservation.

For the programs on Monday, May 2, PSC Commissioner Rudy Bradley will offer conservation tips and Jim Oskowis, General Manager, City of Tallahassee’s Water Department, will involve students in several exercises that focus on drinking water. Leon County School Board Member Maggie Lewis and Leon County School Superintendent Bill Montford are also scheduled to participate.

“As a society, we’ve grown accustomed to turning on a faucet for a drink and not giving it a second thought,” said PSC Commissioner Rudy Bradley. “Through our collaborative effort with the City and with the Leon County Schools, we’re hoping to encourage students to think about where our drinking water comes from and to better understand that conservation is important for our future water supply.

Drinking Water Week Program Times and Dates Are Listed Below:

Monday, May 2  at Cobb Middle School, 915 Hillcrest Street: the school assembly programs will be at 8:30 a.m. and 9:50 a.m.

Friday, May 6 at Nims Middle School, 723 Orange Avenue: the school assembly program will be at 9 a.m.

For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) has celebrated Drinking Water Week—an opportunity for both water professionals and the consumers they serve to join together to recognize the importance of water.  See AWWA’s Web site www.awwa.org/advocacy/dww for more information about “National Drinking Water Week.”