VVWRA To Host Event To Raise Awareness Of Local Water Quality

By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– The Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) is working with local students to participate in World Water Monitoring Day, (WWMD) raising awareness of water by testing the quality of local sources in the High Desert. Participants will be part of an international outreach campaign to engage citizens in protecting water resources around the world.

“This is just a great way to get the community involved and become more aware of our water supply, and water quality,” said Logan Olds, General Manger of VVWRA.

With the support of the Mojave Water Agency (MWA) and the Alliance for Water Awareness and Conservation (AWAC), VVWRA will be donating water testing kits to students at the Academy for Academic Excellence in Apple Valley, and University Preparatory School in Victorville.

The testing will be held in conjunction with AAE’s Art in Science – Science in Art event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday September 17 at the school’s Mojave River campus at 17500 Mana Road in Apple Valley.

“As a regional group, AWAC is thrilled to participate with VVWRA and AAE to continue increasing our communities’ awareness about our desert’s water systems,” said Tamara Alaniz, AWAC Executive Director.

Local students and adults are encouraged to participate by testing local water bodies for things such as temperature, acidity, clarity and dissolved oxygen. Testing kits and more information

are available at www.WorldWaterMonitoringDay.com. You can also use your own testing equipment.

Results can then be uploaded and shared with participating communities around the world. The national coordinators of WWMD, which include the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the International Water Association (IWA) plan to expand participation to one million people in 100 countries by 2012.

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