CROSS LANES, W.Va. — Young students around the state are learning ways and taking a pledge to conserve water as part of “Fix a Leak Week” put on by the Public Service Commission of West Virginia.
The Commission was at Point Harmony Elementary School in Cross Lanes on Monday to kick off the week with presentations for third, fourth and fifth-grade students.
“We teach them about why it is important to conserve water and our natural resources,” Karen Hall, PIO for the Commission said. “We teach them ways that they can save water and share that information with their families which in turn helps their families which in turn helps their families to save money on their water bills and their sewer bills.”
Questions were asked by the Commission for students to answer and guess such as which is more efficient ways to use water, how many gallons are used during certain chores, how much water is used every day, and ways to conserve.
Kennedy Kelly, a fourth-grade student, said she learned a lot Monday morning.
“I learned how much we use with laundry, how we flush the toilet and how much we use in showers,” she said.
Maci Kolkedy, a third-grade student, said she also learned a lot about the usage of water while third-grade student Jaycee Munpower said she couldn’t believe how much water the Earth was covered by.
“There are leaks that waste a lot of water and you use a lot of water every day,” Kolkedy said. “You use different amounts of water for different things too.”
According to the Public Service Commission of West Virginia, the average household loses more than 10,000 gallons of water every year, enough to flush a low-flow toilet more than 6,000 times. The Commission offers several tips to conserve water daily such as monitor your water bill, check for possible toilet leaks, tighten faucets, and check for leaky showerheads.
“You use approximately three gallons of water every minute during a shower,” Hall said. “If you shorten your shower by two minutes, that is six gallons. It doesn’t sound like a whole lot but if you multiply by that by each person in your home, every day for a month or a year you can see how the savings would add up.”
At the end of the presentation, students took a pledge with a Commission officer to conserve water and try to fix leaks at home by telling adults if they see one.
“The teachers love the program, the principals love the program and the students are absolutely wonderful,” Hall said. “This is one of the best things that we experience at the Public Service Commission. We really enjoy doing this program.”