Annual Vermont Drinking Water Week Features Delivery of Awesome Aquifer Kits to Local Schools
(WESTERVILLE, OHIO — May 11, 2021) The annual Vermont Drinking Water Week, which coincided with National Drinking Water Week, took place last week with presentations at schools across the state. Vermont Drinking Water Week aims to increase awareness and educational opportunities on the importance of drinking water.
National Drinking Water Week occurs annually the first full week of May and the Vermont Drinking Water Week Committee (VTDWW), which is made up of volunteers from Vermont’s water sector, has been organizing and celebrating the week for over 30 years. While most years their activities are focused on the Drinking Water Week Fair, a day of drinking water activities designed to stimulate thought and conversation about drinking water, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the committee to adapt and change format the last two years.
This year, in lieu of the fair, the VTDWW donated and distributed Awesome Aquifer Kits and other water activities, created by The Groundwater Foundation, to schools that participated in the recent VTDWW artwork contest. Awesome Aquifer Kits are a learning tool that teach students the science of aquifers through various hands-on experiments. VTDWW estimated they reached over 300 students at 10 schools throughout the state.
While the VTDWW is looking forward to returning to an in-person Drinking Water Week Fair, they were excited to partner with local schools to distribute fun and educational drinking water activities to students.
“After over a year of being under a stay safe stay home order, we were just so pleased to be able to hand-deliver the Awesome Aquifer Kits, along with reusable water bottles, and other learning tools, to participating schools. And, of course, to be able to recognize our artwork winners in person in front of their peers,” said Ashley Lucht, chair of Vermont Drinking Water Week.
The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people, businesses, and communities through local groundwater education and action, making us all part of the solution for clean, sustainable groundwater. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has offered various education and action opportunities for youth and adults.