Water Wise Kids’ Corner

Using water wisely is especially important for kids. Over their lifetimes they can have a huge impact on our precious water supplies and be better prepared for a future where more people share this limited resource. Kids in Joshua Tree have proven themselves to be excellent water savers.

Water Wise Water Course
JBWD’s Water Course provided our fifth graders with a field day of fun and educational activities.  Most of the action took place in the gardens. Everyone had a blast, and the lessons helped kids prepare for state exams.  School kids of all ages are welcome to come visit our Water Wise Demonstration Garden to learn more about the desert watershed, native plants, water conservation and more!  Contact the District Office to arrange for a class visit!

School Water Saving Competition
We challenged 5th-graders at Joshua Tree Elementary School and Friendly Hills Elementary School to see how much water they could save in their homes. The results were amazing – more than 2.5 million gallons in annual savings between 2008 and 2012. JBWD provided instructions and an activity kit containing a drip gauge, flow rate test bag, low-flow fixtures, and similar materials for kids to use in their homes and measure the water savings.

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  • The End of Abundance: Economic Solutions to Water Scarcity by David Zetland
    A fresh approach to water scarcity with examples, insights and ideas for anyone interested in management of our most precious resource.
  • Introduction to Water in California by David Carle (California Natural History Guides)
    A well-illustrated, easy to read guide to California’s water that should be in every home.
  • Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water by Marc Reisner
    A classic beautifully written western water history.
  • Taking on Water by Wendy J. Pavich
    A water expert tells of her personal quest to reduce her water footprint. Both humorous and serious.
  • Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis by Cynthia Barnett
    A stab at the heart of water waste, and introduction of a new water ethic.
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