The End of California's Drought Shouldn't Mean the Importance of Water is Forgotten, City Officials Say

Published : Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 5:20 AM

Pasadena Water and Power is partnering with the City’s Department of Public Health in celebrating the month of May as Water Awareness Month, and Wednesday, May 8, as Rethink Your Drink Day.

PWP General Manager Gurcharan Bawa said the utility plans to engage with community organizations in Pasadena during the entire month in an effort to educate people about the importance of water as a precious resource.

Water Awareness Month was established in 1989 to encourage conservation and highlight the value of reliable, high-quality water.

To kick off Water Awareness Month, PWP is partnering with the City of Pasadena Public Health Department for Rethink Your Drink Day, a statewide initiative to encourage the public to switch from sugary drinks to healthy drinking water.

At the event, PWP and the Public Health Department will promote drinking great-tasting Pasadena tap water with a variety of family- friendly activities and giveaways.

PWP will also be unveiling a new hydration station at La Pintoresca Park, which will provide a convenient place to refill reusable water bottles with healthy drinking water.

Over the next few months, more hydration stations will be installed at Villa Parke, Jackie Robinson Park, and other community center locations in Pasadena.

PWP says it is committed to providing the community with access to convenient, healthy hydration sources that help to protect local water.

“By using hydration stations and reusable bottles, Pasadena residents are also helping to reduce the plastic waste that enters into our local Arroyo Seco stream,” the PWP statement said.

Water Awareness Month also included a Girl Scout Troop Tour of PWP’s Monk Hill Water Treatment Plant along with PWP’s STEAM Fair at Sierra Madre Middle School, both of which occurred last Friday.

Rethink Your Drink Day at La Pintoresca Library and Park, at 1355 N. Raymond Avenue, will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

On the same day, PWP is sponsoring a Water-themed Storyline at Judson International School, at 1610 E. Elizabeth Street in Pasadena.

On May 17 to 19, the PWP-sponsored John Muir High School Solar Cup team will compete in the 2019 Solar Cup, a three-day, eco-boating competition offered annually by the Metropolitan Water District (MWD).

The team will compete with about 40 more high school teams from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties, using solar-powered boats on Lake Skinner.

PWP has been sponsoring the John Muir team in the Solar Cup for the past 10 years.

For more information about Pasadena’s Water Awareness Month events, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/water-and-power/may-is-water-awareness-month.

To learn more about Rethink Your Drink Day, visit www.rethinkyourdrinkday.com.

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