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All Things H2O

The Consumer Outreach Committee is proud to bring you "All Things H2O”, a blog highlighting existing water utilities and programs across Texas.  The blog was created to strengthen and grow the water education network in Texas, spark ideas, start new initiatives, refine existing programs, and share success stories and lessons learned.  

 

This month features a piece by Kathy Nguyen of Cobb County Water System, Georgia who says, "We are the economic engine of our communities.  We are the environmental stewards of our most essential resource.  We are innovating sustainable water supply into the future.  We don’t need a celebrity spokesperson, we just need to raise up our heads and our voices and tell our stories."

 

We hope you enjoy and come back next month!

 

May 2017 Issue: 

 

When is Enough, Enough?

 

 

Click here for the full article   

 

Thanks for tuning in to this month’s edition of All Things H2O.  We appreciate your interest and welcome you to join in on the conversation by posting comments and sharing the link with others.  If you are interested in contributing to the blog or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at kmenard@utrwd.com   

 

 


 

Consumer Outreach

 

The purpose of the Consumer Outreach Committee is to provide expertise and heighten community awareness and industry support by promoting and expanding existing water education programs.

The Committee plans to build a network throughout Texas to share water education information, resources and tools that will ultimately be compiled in one database.

There are numerous existing consumer outreach programs currently across the state; the Committee aims to address how educational resources are currently being used by utilities and what we can do to support the delivery of information statewide. The Committee's vision is to be recognized as a valuable utility and community resource for promoting water education throughout Texas.

  • Identify and Document Successful Education Programs 
  • Research and Build Relationships
  • Build a web-based collection of Information (including tools and campaigns)
  • Promote the Value of Education Programs
  • Develop Guidelines for a Successful Education Program based on Best Practices
  • Utilize new web-based mediums
  • Utilize existing TAWWA communications channels
  • Establish a network of volunteers

 


 

For More Information

Routine committee meetings are held via conference call the third Thursday of every month at 10 am CST. The latest meeting agenda and minutes will be posted as soon as possible prior to the next meeting.

If you are interested in joining the committee or would like more information, please contact Karen Menard at kmenard@utrwd.com.  We also invite you to watch the following video to learn more about the Education Division, its framework, structure and opportunities that are available:  

http://vimeopro.com/texasawwa/tawwaeducationdivision/video/95516986

 


 

Are you interested in learning more about your water quality report?

Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs) are sent out to consumers by water utilities each summer.  They contain important information about the water you drink, where it comes from, how it is treated, and specific contaminants that are monitored and reported.  But what does it all mean?  The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has developed a useful document that addresses (in layman's terms) the reason for and meaning of CCRs:

"Consumer Confidence Reports: What's In Your Drinking Water?"

 

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Division Chair
Karen E. Menard
Section Executive Director
Mike Howe