Corporation looks to inform on water conservation

RIO HONDO — Most people don’t realize an extra two minutes in the shower means an extra four gallons of water used.

That’s one reason why the East Rio Hondo Water supplier will be passing out books to area schools that show kids how to save water.

The hope is parents may be able to reduce their water bill as students will be receiving an educational book that teaches them about water conservation.

“We hope the students will share tips with their parents, brothers and sisters to educate them about water conservation,” said Amanda Ramos, administrative services manager, East Rio Hondo Water Supply Corporation.

Students in Rio Hondo, four schools in Los Fresnos and two schools in Harlingen will be receiving the booklets next week with the water conservation tips.

The East Rio Hondo Water Supply Corporation provides potable water to an unincorporated area totaling approximately 24,000 people.

The Water district received the informational booklets from Project Energy Savers who works in the energy efficiency arena providing education materials across the country.

The books will provide information and activities for children to help reduce water consumption.

Some of the updated information in the booklet includes the water cycle, watershed creation and the importance of water.

“The book will give children an idea on how water is used in every day life,” Ramos said. “Every two minutes in the shower equals four gallons of water used.”

The book also will offer a question for children to think about water usage and water conservation.

“We’re trying to spread the word on water conservation and educate the children,” Ramos said.

The Rio Hondo Water district started passing out these kinds of materials to schools in their coverage area three years ago.

Ramos said the water district is proud of its efforts of giving back with this education tool for the children of their client base.

Ramos said the children look forward to receiving this information every year.

“We use this effort as a learning tool for children,” Ramos said. “Water is a vital resource and we don’t know how much we use on a daily biases.”